Mary

4th Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 20, 1987

Readings: Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Romans 16: 25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Fr. Healy invites us to try to see how the first reading and the Gospel might be related.  In the first reading, we hear of King David, who wanted to build a great temple for God.  Instead, God says that he wants a temple in the hearts of His people.  And then in the Gospel, we hear Mary say that she is the living temple of God. She fulfills all prophecies and also makes us confront ourselves to likewise be a temple of God to our sisters and brothers.

4th Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 23, 1990

Readings: Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Romans 16: 25-27; Luke 1:26-38

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, Fr. Healy starts by reminiscing about his own mother as well as Mary the Mother of God.  Indeed, we are reminded how courageous and powerful Mary really is in God’s plan, despite how we have fashioned her as a calm, quiet woman.  We are challenged to allow Mary to be the one to challenge us to really invite Jesus into our lives.