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Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 18, 2011

HOUSE-BUILDERS

Our readings today are even about building houses.

In our first reading, David decides he is going to build a “proper house” for God since God has been living in a tent as Israel made its way from exile to Jerusalem.

But God, through Nathan, says to David that God will instead build a bigger and better house far beyond what David can imagine. In fact, God tells David that he will build a dynasty that will last forever. Virtually the same message is told to Mary by Gabriel. Her own body will be the house – indeed a house much different than anything she might have imagined.

“For nothing is impossible with God” – Mary is told.

Do you remember what I said at the beginning of Advent – four Sundays ago? What is advent all about?

This last Sunday of Advent, we recognize that our house has turned out differently than we imagined, but it is indeed a grand house!

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: (2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Psalm 89; Romans 16:25-38; Luke 1:26-38)

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