Advent Week Four



Fourth Week of Advent


It is the Fourth Week of Advent.

“For nothing will be impossible for God.” Luke 1:37

The angel Gabriel speaks these words to Mary. Nothing is impossible for God, he tells her.

Nothing.

We know this but we do not always remember it. We tend to limit God a lot. We say or we hear things like:

God will never forgive me for this.

God does not hear my prayers.

God cannot possibly love me the way I am.

We do not always have the faith that Mary had. We do not always believe in the impossible happening.

But miracles still happen.

God still does the impossible.

Do we believe and trust like Mary did?






This Week's Reflections


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Fourth Sunday of Advent

I read somewhere that Jesus does not exist to GIVE us joy. Jesus IS our joy.

Joy is not our goal. JESUS is our goal.

Wow. Jesus is our joy. I just love that.

Thank you, Lord.

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Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

I am tired. Just a few days left to advent. Then time to chill out a bit.

But still, Lord, I keep my eyes on you. Wait. Hope. Love. The story of advent.

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

I went to the chapel today to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. I had no prayer except to tell Jesus - I love you. I felt close to tears.

I think my wait is coming to an end. I think I sense His presence and his love. Even if just for a day. It is enough.

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Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Fix your eyes on him alone and you will find, in addition, more than you ask and desire. - St. John of the Cross

Amen to that.

Keeping my eyes on Jesus this advent, or at least trying to, has given me a more spiritual advent than usual.

I did not get hung up on shopping and commercialism, etc. I got more hung up on prayers and remembering that Jesus is what we are all about.

Christmas is drawing near. Where does time go?

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Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior." (Luke 1:46-47)

The Magnificat never ceases to move me. It reminds me of those moments in my life when I, too, have sung the Lord's praises because of what He has done for me.

My spirit rejoices. No matter what else is going on in my life, Jesus is there for me. I have learned over the years to trust in His presence.

And to know He loves me.

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Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent

It's almost Christmas. The parish office has been pretty busy this week. I am running back & forth between the church and the office. Each time I do, I feel a nudge to go to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

So each time I go there, I pay attention to that nudge and I go to make a short visit, to say hello to Jesus.

And all I can do, it seems, is stand there in front of the tabernacle, with tears rolling down my face. I really don't know why. I just feel filled up with love for Jesus. And an awareness of His presence.

It's almost Christmas. Perhaps my waiting is over. Perhaps I have found Bethlehem.

Emmanuel.

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Saturday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Christmas Eve. I seemed to be waiting for such a long time, but here it is.

Going to midnight Mass. It will seem to be dark, but then the light of the world is coming tonight. The light of the world will be here and make all things new.

Glory to God in the highest!

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Christmas Day

It is Christmas. The long wait is over and we are here. We are here to celebrate and to rejoice in the birth of our King. Our King of peace and love and joy.

It is Christmas. It is the day to remember when Jesus came, to be aware of Jesus being born in our hearts every day, and to pray for the time when he comes again.

It is Christmas. Thank, you Jesus. Thank you for bringing light into our dark world.

I love you.



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