Sunday of the fourth week of Advent

Lighting the Way for Love

This fourth and final Sunday of Advent is all about love. With Christmas just days away, we are reminded of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”. As faithful Christians we are beneficiaries of God’s perfect, sacrificial and everlasting love. We know that we demonstrate our love for God through worship, following the commandments, receiving the sacraments, and following the example of Christ in our daily lives. 

As a child, when my sisters and I would ask our mother what she wanted for Christmas, her response was always the same- “obedient children”. There is nothing quite like a mother’s love, right? Now that we are all adults, her answer has changed. All my mother wants now is for us to attend Mass as a family. I know this desire is rooted in her love of God. Through her example, my mother made sure that my sisters and I developed a deeply rooted love for God as well.

As with every relationship we have that includes love, our loving relationship with God requires tending, nurturing, and attention. This isn’t always easy to manage. We get distracted by work, family, finances, errands, chores, and all the other elements of our lives. Sometimes our commitment to loving God is only evident by our weekly church attendance. This final week of Advent is the perfect time to reflect on if and how we love God every day. 

Prayer to Love God Above All Things

God, my Father,

may I love You in all things and above all things.

May I reach the joy which You have prepared for me in

Heaven.

Nothing is good that is against Your Will,

and all that is good comes from Your Hand.

Place in my heart a desire to please You

and fill my mind with thoughts of Your Love,

so that I may grow in Your Wisdom and enjoy Your Peace.

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Daily Prayer

O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
(Day 3 of the “O Antiphons”)

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Advent Wreath

Light the fourth candle of the wreath after saying the special prayer below.

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Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles

All-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces His glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for His coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.