Fourth Week Advent Reflections

Scripture Readings and Reflections for this Sunday's Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and The Annunciation  are here.

In the time between the passing of what was 
and the birth of what will be 

we find ourselves uncertain—a little lost. 

We grieve what has gone, and we do not know
what will replace it.

It is a waiting time, a hopeful time
and the one thing we can hold on to is this,

You were there with what was, 
You will be with what waits to be born, 

and You are here, in the in-between time. 

And so we wait, we hope and we worship. 

We try to prepare our hearts

Prepare The Way Of The Lord, Make Straight His Paths.. John van de Laar

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. 
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Ps 130:5-6

by Lynn Ungar

By what are you saved? And how?
Saved like a bit of string,
tucked away in a drawer?
Saved like a child rushed from
a burning building, already
singed and coughing smoke?
Or are you salvaged
like a car part -- the one good door
when the rest is wrecked?

Do you believe me when I say
you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved, anointed by gentle hands
where you are most tender?
Haven't you seen
the way snow curls down
like a fresh sheet, how it
covers everything,
makes everything
beautiful, without exception?

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