20 December 2020

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today  the Church celebrates the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The assigned readings are 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16; Romans 16:25-27; and Luke 1:26-38. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 89 (Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29).

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: Psalm 89 Forever I will Sing the Goodness of the LORD-- December 20 2020 - 4th Sunday of Advent

The Gospel reading is as follows:

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.

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sunday Reflections: Fourth Sunday of Advent December 20, 2020

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Fouth Sunday of Advent (December 20, 2020)

Crossroads Initiative : The Advent Mystery - Annunciation & Incarnation

St. Paul Center: The Mystery Kept Secret: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality: Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College: This Sunday, the Radical Promise of Christmas (17 DEC 20)

Word on Fire: Building a House (Cycle B * Advent * Week 4)

National Catholic Register: Sunday Guide: Saying 'Yes' Like Mary This Advent, As We Prepare for the Christ Child (17 DEC 20) 

Spirituality of the Readings: Listening With the Heart (Fourth Sunday In Advent B) 

In Exile: Searching for Bethlehem in the Soul (Fourth Sunday In Advent B) 

Glancing Thoughts: 
The Building is God's (Fourth Sunday In Advent B)

The Perspective of Justice: The Joy of Liberation (Fourth Sunday In Advent B) 

Let the Scriptures Speak: Intimate and Cosmic (Fourth Sunday In Advent B) 

The Word Encountered: This Is My Body (Fourth Sunday In Advent B) 

Historical Cultural Context: Virginity & Honor (Fourth Sunday In Advent B) 

Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by Bede (Fourth Sunday In Advent B)

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