Advent Week Four - Cycle B
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2020
First Reading: 2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89: 2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
Second Reading: Romans 16: 25-27
Gospel: Luke 1: 26-38
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On this last Sunday of Advent, the passage from the prophet Samuel is a detailed reminder of all that God has done for David and the people of Israel. More importantly, we hear once again that, even beyond David’s lifetime, God will protect and make firm David’s kingdom. God will be a father to David’s heir and the heir will be a son to him.
The gospel passage seals God’s promise to David. The angel Gabriel is sent to a virgin betrothed to Joseph of the house of David announcing that she will bear a son who “will be called Son of the Most High” and “God will give him the throne of David his father”. This heir “will rule over the house of Jacob forever and of his kingdom there will be no end”.
Reflect on what Mary may have experienced during the Annunciation and the depth of her humility, trust and faith.
The Annunciation has been painted by numerous artists over the centuries. One of the most famous is by Fra Angelico. This fresco is housed in the Convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy.
In honor of the coming of Christ find ways to share joy this week with family members, neighbors, co-workers, and people in need.