Good News C4
Fourth Sunday in Advent
New American Bible
Gateway New International Version Luke 1:39-45
Blessed Are You
Let’s pretend that you are Elizabeth
in today’s time. You heard through the
Holy Spirit that her sister, Mary is
carrying the Son of God in her womb. Mary just drops by.
She doesn’t send you a letter to let you know she is coming. She doesn’t
call you on her cell phone and say, “I’m coming to visit with you for three
months.” She just surprises you and
rings the doorbell. When you go to
answer it, it’s Mary. You would
probably say something similar to what Elizabeth said: “Hello
Mary. You are very blessed with God’s
grace because you are carrying his holy Son.”
receive the Holy Eucharist, you are carrying the Son of God, too. God fills you with grace each time you
receive the body and blood of Christ. While Mary
was carrying Jesus, she went to visit Elizabeth to see
if she could be of help to her because Elizabeth
was carrying John the Baptist in her
When you are carrying Jesus in your body, do you try to help someone like Mary did? It takes
4-6 hours to digest and 24 hours to use the energy from the bread of the host. So part of Jesus
is with you for a whole day, but the graces last forever.
leave Church do you get impatient because your
parents are talking with friends and you want to get home to watch your
favorite team on television? Do you get
mad because your Mother is late fixing supper?
Do you complain when your Father asks you to play with your younger
brother while he fixes a leak in the kitchen? Or do you find yourself being
more at peace. You share your candy bar
with your younger brother. You ask your younger sister to play her favorite
word game with you. You find yourself doing your homework without being
reminded. You are with grace!
Now pray the “Our Father.” Ask God to be
within you all day long, every day of your life. Thank Jesus
for coming to visit you. He is there to
help you. He will give you strength to
help others. He will send the Holy
Spirit to help you find the solution to any problems you have.
Thank God for giving you life.
You are carrying a special purpose in life that no one else can
accomplish. Only you. Look around and find out how God wants you to
share your life and talents with others. Say the “Hail Mary” and ask Mary to pray for you that you may know God’s will and
have the strength and determination to follow it. The world is waiting for you to give your
special “oomph” to it. The world is a
better place because God gave us you.
“Our Father, who
art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
us this day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
“Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is
thou among women.
And blessed is
the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us
and at the hour of our death.
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