Lectionary Reflections: Fourth Sunday of Advent (c) December 20, 2015

Engaging Faith | Mon, Dec 14, 2015

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Fourth Sunday of Advent (c)

December 20, 2015


Micah 5:1-4a

Hebrews 10:5-10

Luke 1:39-45



December 18: International Migrants Day

December 20: International Human Solidarity Day

December 22: Winter Solstice

December 25: Christmas

December 26: Start of Kwanzaa



Every individual and every community shares in promoting and preserving the common good. 

-Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority, October 24, 2011

In our own time, there are so many needs which demand a compassionate response from Christians. … How can it be that even today there are still people dying of hunger? Condemned to illiteracy? Lacking the most basic medical care? Without a roof over their heads?

-John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 50

In the face of the enormous problems surrounding the development of peoples, which almost make us yield to discouragement, we find solace in the sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, who teaches us: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5) and then encourages us: “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20). As we contemplate the vast amount of work to be done, we are sustained by our faith that God is present alongside those who come together in his name to work for justice. 

-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 78

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.

-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2

Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. 

-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 93

Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters, and we must act as such.

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, November 30, 2015

May the Jubilee of Mercy bring us all closer to God’s goodness and love! 

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, December 8, 2015


Thoughts for Your Consideration

Elizabeth gets excited about Mary’s pregnancy and is not afraid to voice her enthusiasm. Micah is excited that from the obscure town of Bethlehem, will come a Messiah that will shepherd the people. Behind the excitement of both Micah and Elizabeth is one of the fundamental principles of Catholic Social Teaching – namely, the dignity of the human person. In the Incarnation we find a special affirmation of human dignity.  The child of Bethlehem is important and special and thus we are reminded that all children are special and important.  God is incarnate!  God is with us!  We rejoice in human life.  We rejoice in divine life entering into the human.


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