God, Give us the gift of patience. Provide us with the grace to wait for your Word to enter into our hearts more fully. Amen
Time is a wonderfuil thing, but it can make us very tired wwhen we are kept waiting. Some times we wait in line for a turn on the swing or we wait for diner to be served when we are hungry. We know that when the time comes, we will be happy, but it is still hard to wait.
It took God a long time to prepare the world for Christmas! If you are tired from waiting, rest peacefully tonight. Christmas is almost here.
This Sunday we read the story of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary about the birth of Jesus. This story is found only in Luke’s Gospel. On this fourth Sunday of Advent, the liturgy shifts our attention from John the Baptist to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Both John and Mary serve as important figures for our reflection during the season of Advent; they both played instrumental roles in preparing the way for Jesus.