In the Gospel for Friday of the Third Week of Advent, tells the story of the Annunciation to Mary. The Angel Gabriel greets her with, ” ‘Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you’ ” (Luke 1: 28). As Mother of the Church, Mary sets an example of discipleship. Full of God’s grace, she gives birth to Christ. As her sons and daughters, we too are full of grace. She want us to follow her example. We give birth to Christ in our love and care for others. How does God’s grace help you bring Christ into the world?
In the Gospel for Thursday of the Third Week in Advent, the Angel Gabriel tells Zechariah he will have a son. “… Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John” (Luke 1: 13). This incredible news left Zechariah speechless. Elizabeth was beyond normal child bearing years. God nevertheless answered the barren couple’s prayers. God somehow brings life even into seemingly desperate situations. God desires joy and gladness for all whatever their life’s circumstances. How has God answered your prayers?
The Psalm for Tuesday of the Third Week in Advent is a prayer for justice and peace. It is a prayer for the king that “Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more” (Psalm 72: 7). Jesus is Christ, the anointed king and messiah, who gives God’s justice and peace. We await the celebration of the birth of Christ in a broken world. Christ has come and will come again. We live in God’s time. We hope that justice shall flourish in God’s time and and we pray for fullness of peace forever. What gives you hope for a more just and peaceful world?