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December, 2017

Reflections on the
Sunday Mass Gospel Readings
for this month.

Gospel Reflections
by Fr. Bill LaGrand, M.A.
Sts. Peter & Paul ECC+USA
St. Louis, Missouri

December 3, 2017 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Advent is a time for hopeful anticipation. We hope in a God who has done great things for us. We anticipate by readying ourselves for God’s entrance into our lives. We are encouraged to watch, be vigilant and have confidence. (Mark 13: 33-37) 

December 10, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

The ancient Jews longed for the arrival of the Messiah. Early Christians anticipated the second coming of the Lord. Do we look joyfully to the things God has in store for us? (Mark 1: 1-8) 

December 17, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

(Gaudete Sunday): Today’s readings are insistent about rejoicing in the gift of God’s grace in and around us. The rose colored candle of the advent wreath reinforces the joy we celebrate today as we get closer to Christmas. (John 1: 6-8, 19-28) 

December 24, 2017 – 4th Sunday in Advent

Both Mary and Elizabeth epitomize the expectation that characterizes the season of Advent, for each played a role in the coming of the Messiah. Do we mirror the response of Mary in our own lives?
(Luke 2: 1-14) 

December 25, 2017 – The Nativity of the Lord

A child is born to us, which is a great joy and summons us to hope. Jesus’ birth often gets buried beneath the glitz of the season and the headlines of the day. Let us not allow these things to drown out the Gospel message. (Luke 2: 1-14) 

December 31, 2017 – Feast of the Holy Family

Let us look at our own families. Are we well connected with each other? Or are we disaffected by prior hurts and negativity? We should look to the Holy Family as an example for us today.

(Luke 2: 22-40)