Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 24, 2017

Advent 4This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s scriptures reveal a God who makes a home with us, One who takes on our very humanity to love us more completely. Mary allows God to make a home in her - trusting God, and doing what must be done to make God's will a present reality. Like Mary, it’s up to us to prepare the way -- for God to make a home in our hearts and lives. How is the presence of Christ becoming real in you? How can we, the body of Christ, become light and life for the world?

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

How can you be open and curious this week to notice

the new things the Spirit is bringing to birth in your life?

The Sunday readings:

  • 2 Sam 7: 1-5. 8-14. Nothing we can do for God can ever surpasses what God does for us—and our ways are not God’s ways.
  • Rm 16: 25-27. The Gospel reveals the mystery hidden for long ages.
  • Lk 1: 26-38. The Word is made flesh by God’s initiative... nothing is impossible for God.

Of Note:

  • Please note, there is no 11:30 Mass this Sunday (December 24, 2017)!
  • A special invitation: Come join our Latino brothers and sisters for Las Posadas, December 16 through 22, 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Community Center. Each evening reenacts Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay. Your presence would be welcomed and appreciated!
  • Epiphany Family Christmas Eve Mass at 5:00 PM: Rehearsals have begun for our children’s choir, bell choir and family orchestra. You can still sign up to participate in the drama, which only has one (mandatory) rehearsal on Saturday, December 23, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Call Polly or Linda in the office for more information.
  • Remaining Advent Opportunities for Reconciliation:
    • Communal Celebration on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Worship Center.
    • Individual Reconciliation on Saturday, December 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Advent Daily Prayer Opportunities:
    • Rosary Prayer on Mondays at 5:00 PM in the Chapel.
    • Weekday Mass Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 AM in the Worship Center.
    • Centering Prayer on Tuesdays (Section J) and Fridays (Library) at 9:15 AM.
    • Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM in the Chapel.
  • Christmas Season Schedule: Join us!
    • Christmas Eve Family Mass: Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM
    • Christmas Eve Night: Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 11:00 PM (prelude at 10:30 PM)
    • Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017 10:00 AM (The only Mass today.)
    • New Year’s Day - Monday, January 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM: Feast of Mary the Mother of God & World Day of Prayer for Peace
    • Feast of Epiphany: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Our Feast Day! Remember to wear red.
  • Reminders:
    • Experiencing difficulty hearing during liturgy? Pick up a personal sound receiver and ear piece or loop from the stands next to the chapel before mass, and adjust the volume as needed.
    • Usually at the end of a row scattered throughout the Worship Center there are chairs with arms for those needing that assistance to get in and out of a chair. Look for those with green fabric on the backs.
    • Gluten-free hosts (.001% wheat, approved by the American bishops) are available for those who cannot tolerate gluten. Please see Fr. Randy or Linda Thieneman to get details for regular use. Also, please note that the presider’s chalice is always used for the co-mingling rite with the bread and left on the altar, so that all chalices used for distribution of communion are also gluten-free.
    • Large print and Bilingual Spanish/English participation sheets are available each weekend in the Narthex. See one of the Worship Greeters for assistance.