“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”
~ Isaiah 7:14
Trust in God; do not be afraid. The Christmas story is filled with these comforting words.
I think about the shepherds in the fields terrified at first by the appearance of an angel. But then they were immediately comforted with these words: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10
I think about St. Joseph who was unsure of his role but prepared to accept the child born of a woman to whom he was betrothed because he believed that God’s will was best.
The unexpected in life can frighten us at times, and like the shepherds we need reassurance. That is why we have the “comfort and joy” of Christmas. Our Savior has come with the promise of salvation. We are safe in his love.
Thank you for taking this Journey of Faith with me during the four weeks of Advent. I have enjoyed the sharing, and hearing back from many of you. For now, may you be surrounded by love this Christmas. And as the faithful missioner I know you are, may you give love and comfort to all you know—now and always. I wish you and those dearest to you a very Merry Christmas.
Prayer for 4th Sunday of Advent
Prince of Peace, come again into our world
to calm every fear and comfort our hearts.
You who stilled the storm
and quieted the wind and waves,
extend Your hands of mercy
toward us, lost and confused,
in this land of our exile.
May we extend Your peace on earth
and share Your goodwill with all
who seek to do Your Will.
May angels surround our family
with their protection and glory
and may the Morning Star arise
in our hearts to lead us all to You.
Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso
I hope today’s reflection has special meaning for you. This is Father Ray Finch, wishing you a blessed and merry Christmas and an invitation to listen in again next Sunday.