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Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2018

December 24, 2018

Scripture: 2 Sm. 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16; Lk. 1:67-79

As the Advent Season comes to a close, the anticipation for Christmas is about to burst.  This is much like Zechariah’s joy in the Gospel of Luke.  Through Zechariah, we hear the words of the Holy Spirit, “You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins” (1: 76-77).  Zechariah’s son, who we know as John the Baptist, has come to make the path for Jesus Christ – what wonderful news to tell the world!

Every Christmas, I find myself distracted by so many aspects of life that the season seems to slip through my fingers.  While everyone makes their countdowns for Christmas, it makes me wonder how much we value the four weeks we receive to prepare for Jesus.

John the Baptist did not receive a long time to prepare the way for Jesus and neither do we.  So, tonight as we spend our last moments waiting for the Christ child, take some time to remember the joy and happiness this season brings!  We only have a short time here on earth and it is most important to spend it wisely!

PRAYER:

Dear Holy Spirit, during these last moments of waiting and anticipation, please quiet our hearts.  We know that you will fill us with all of the patience and hope we will need for Jesus’ birth. 

As the time passes quickly, help us to remember that every moment counts; just as Jesus did during his time on earth.  Let us cherish the time we spend together and pause to reflect on the goodness of God in our lives. 

Fill us with the same joy as Zechariah as he praises God for his son, John the Baptist.  May we always have the same joy for God’s plan in our own lives.  Amen.

By Lauren Schmitt