Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Advent

     Today we light the fourth candle on the Advent wreath.  To tell the truth, I paid little attention to the readings at Mass.  I was thinking so much about our RE children's play and caroling that I was kind of in another place. 
     The play and caroling went well.  The kids all had fun and we had a better participation than in the past for our last class of the calendar year.  Last year, and for the past few years, we've had a loud Christmas party, video, craft day.  I never like that class day.  It was chaotic, messy, noisy, and completely without much purpose.  Our newest RE director decided to have caroling because in the Catholic Church we don't celebrate Christmas until Christmas Mass.  So, we sing very few actual Christmas carols.  She wanted to have a caroling day for the kids and their parents.  Then it evolved into a short Christmas play with caroling between scenes.  It went off beautifully.  I hope we do it again next year.  I think it helps the kids remember the "Reason for the season" better than that noisy, pointless party we had before. 

Merry Christ Mass!

Readings for the fourth Sunday of Advent:  First reading:  Isa. 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Second reading:  Rom 1: 1-7

The Gospel reading for today: 
"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.  When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,  but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.  Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.

Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home."
Matthew 1:18-24

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