Fourth Sunday of Advent

This week the readings come from the prophet Micah (5:1-4a), Psalm 80, the Letter to the Hebrews (10:5-10) and Luke’s Gospel (1:39-45)

We light all four candles this week one for Hope, one for Faith, one for Joy and one for Peace or some other sort of four. This is something that isn’t as easy to tack down precisely what it is  and vary from place to place, but from the list this was taken from it is Peace this week.

The focus in this weeks readings seems scattered we get The Visitation in the Gospel, Micah tells us that the Messiah will come from Bethlehem and he shall be peace,and to the Hebrews we hear that Jesus came to do God’s will. By bringing up Mary’s visit to Elizabeth we are reminded that Mary plays a big role in our faith but all to often we forget about her if it wasn’t for her faith to “let it be done unto me according to your will” Christianity wouldn’t be here. I hope that we all can be inspired to follow the example of Mary and Jesus and be able to do the will of the Father. By mentioning the Visitation we should also be turning our thoughts to all those people who are traveling to visit family over this next week and for them all to have safe travels to and from where ever they are going.


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