Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2015


Below you will find a short reflection for today, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.

Fourth Sunday of Advent
by Doris Donnelly
The fourth week of Advent functions as a Grand Pause and returns us to the early days of Mary's pregnancy. The altered time sequence moves us back, in the closing days of this season, to a more contemplative way of being, to roots, to silence, to mystery-all of which have a way of getting sidetracked in the frenzy of preparations for the celebration. The fourth Sunday says-again and more emphatically-Be still. Let what is about to happen sink in.
"Visitation" by James B. Janknegt

Be still enough to listen to the story as if for the first time. Mary and Elizabeth recognize that Yahweh's promise for each of them has borne fruit. In the excitement, the unborn John leaps in Elizabeth's womb. Curiously, the word used in scripture to designate the leaping means "an exultant delight in the liberating God."...

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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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