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Fourth Sunday of Advent – 2011
"Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.
Indeed the Lord is near".


Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month a messenger of God was sent to Mary. Feelings filled Mary's heart: shock, surprise and fear, out of which arose her question "How?" The how would be in God's way. Mary only needed to trust.

God has also spoken to each of us, not just once, but perhaps many times. We have received an invitation. Like Mary, we take time to be with our feelings, to ask questions, and then respond in trust.

God has a plan for each of us. We have heard God's message in our hearts. God wants to be recognized, honored and loved in ourselves and others. We need to trust God's Way. Reflect on times when a messenger of God was sent to you. Can you recall the feelings? What was and is your response?


—  Doris Walsh, PBVM



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