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Friday of the third week of Advent

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Daily Prayer

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
Guiding creation with power and love:
Come to teach us the path of knowledge!

(Day 1 of the “O Antiphons”)

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Sunday Reading Prep

Take some time to review and reflect on the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. What message is Jesus trying to share with us? How can we use his teachings to follow Him more faithfully?

Reading I
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mi 5:1-4a

    Thus says the LORD:

    You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah

        too small to be among the clans of Judah,

    from you shall come forth for me

        one who is to be ruler in Israel;

    whose origin is from of old,

        from ancient times.

    Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time

        when she who is to give birth has borne,

    and the rest of his kindred shall return

        to the children of Israel.

    He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock

        by the strength of the LORD,

        in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;

    and they shall remain, for now his greatness

        shall reach to the ends of the earth;

        he shall be peace.

Reading II

Heb 10:5-10

Brothers and sisters:

When Christ came into the world, he said:

    “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,

    but a body you prepared for me;

    in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.

    Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,

    behold, I come to do your will, O God.’“

First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,

holocausts and sin offerings, 

you neither desired nor delighted in.”

These are offered according to the law.

Then he says, :Behold, I come to do your will.”

He takes away the first to establish the second.

By this “will,”  we have been consecrated 

through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Gospel

Lk 1:39-45

Mary set out

and traveled to the hill country in haste

to a town of Judah, 

where she entered the house of Zechariah

and greeted Elizabeth.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,

the infant leaped in her womb, 

and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, 

cried out in a loud voice and said, 

“Blessed are you among women, 

and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And how does this happen to me, 

that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, 

the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

Blessed are you who believed

that what was spoken to you by the Lord

would be fulfilled.”

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Reflection

Today’s Gospel is about generations of family. This time of year, it’s important to remember and pray for all your family members living or past. Think of the precious gifts they brought into your life. What gifts have you brought to theirs? Pray for your family today and ask God to bless them for being part of your life.