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Hispanic journalists honor Archbishop Wenski

Hispanic journalists honor Archbishop Wenski

New dorms dedicated at major seminary

New dorms dedicated at major seminary

Hispanic families: hope for the Church

Hispanic families: hope for the Church

Obispos Católicos de Cuba sobre anuncio de relaciones US/Cuba

Obispos Católicos de Cuba sobre anuncio de relaciones US/Cuba

Joy and skepticism greet Cuba announcement

Joy and skepticism greet Cuba announcement

Archbishop Wenski's statement on Cuba announcement

Archbishop Wenski's statement on Cuba announcement

Traditions, charity, foster Advent spirit

Traditions, charity, foster Advent spirit

CHS' Nursing Centers recognized in Quality Initiative Program

CHS' Nursing Centers recognized in Quality Initiative Program

Sts. Peter and Paul: Oasis for immigrants

Sts. Peter and Paul: Oasis for immigrants

¿Quién causa tanta alegría?

¿Quién causa tanta alegría?

Heart of Christmas: Archdiocese gives to families in need

Heart of Christmas: Archdiocese gives to families in need

Celebrate the birth of Christ at Mass with Archbishop Wenski

Celebrate the birth of Christ at Mass with Archbishop Wenski

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Baldacchino to celebrate Filipino Advent tradition

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Baldacchino to celebrate Filipino Advent tradition

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Luke 1:26-38

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Dec. 21, 2014

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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Rev. Juan J. Sosa

Saint Joseph

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Dec. 21, 2014

Although he is King, David cannot do much without trusting God. This is one possible summary of today’s first reading. God wants David’s dynasty of prevail for all times, not through aggression or violence but through the peace that belongs to those who trust in him. In the second reading. Saint Paul affirms that the strength of the community comes from God, who loves them deeply.

In the Gospel, we feel the force of the divine grace that embraced the humble maiden of Nazareth to transform her into the Mother of the Savior. Today we are invited to catch a glimpse of the lights that announce the Incarnation of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary. For several days now, during the Christmas novena, this announcement has been celebrated through pastorelas, aguinaldos, and other local gatherings.

It is recommended that community leaders bring together their groups and prepare them to visit their neighborhood to help others reflect upon and celebrate this great mystery that transformed the human race.

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

The New Eve

Advent Day 22 - December 21, 2014

In our Gospel for this fourth Sunday of Advent, we turn to the beautiful and familiar story of the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel comes to a virgin named Mary to announce she will give birth to a son. Although undoubtedly shocked, Mary responds, "I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word." Mary abandoned her own plans and acquiesced to what God wanted her to do.

The Church Fathers were fond of describing Mary as the new Eve, the new mother of all the living. In fact, some say the angel's "ave" ("hail") reversed "Eva."

What was Eve's problem? Eve grasped at the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, claiming along with Adam that she would be the criterion of right and wrong, that her will would determine the nature of the good. Every one of our spiritual and moral problems flows from this primordial sin. But when Mary says, "Let it be done to me according to your word," this spiritual momentum is stopped and then reversed. It is this reversal that allows Christ to be born into the world.

Meister Eckhart noted that every Christian has the vocation of Mary, to bring Christ to birth. We each do this in our own ways and styles, according to the exigencies of our unique vocations. But we do this, Eckhart saw, the same way Mary did: by abandoning our projects and plans, our sense of the good life, and acquiescing to God's purpose working through us.

Source: Word on Fire

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