Fourth Sunday of Advent, Modern

Lectionary #12 The readings today take up a common theme in the Bible: that of a seemingly lesser or more vulnerable person or community being better attuned to God’s ways than their highfalutin “superiors”. In the reading from the prophet Micah we hear how the village of Bethlehem was overlooked and regarded as insignificant within […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Classic

Luke 1:39-45 Gospel Summary On the carefully programmed Advent journey to Christmas, the Fourth Sunday belongs to Mary. This is so because Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus, necessarily involves the motherhood of Mary. However, the story of that birth is reserved for Midnight Mass, while today’s gospel tells us how Mary prepared for […]

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Second Sunday of Advent, Classic

Luke 3:1-6 Gospel Summary Luke’s elaborate attempt to locate the arrival of John the Baptist in the context of secular history seems to be the answer to every historian’s prayer. In fact, however, these references are very imprecise, and none more so than the apparently decisive “fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar.” The […]

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