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You Can Make A Difference

Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord
Luke 1:39-45

Sermon Topic Fulfillment

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 1:45


As the Advent Season draws to a close, we direct our thoughts to the Historical Jesus. We think about Jesus coming into the world at a specific time in a specific place. We think of that child of poverty, born in a stable amidst the warm breath of cattle and sheep. We think of the Holy Family, and heavenly choirs and adoring shepherds. For a brief moment, our Christmas thoughts are a welcome relief from the incessant news reports of violence and betrayal. And we look forward to a joyous celebration of the birth that gave the world a new vision of life and radically changed the course of history.

Today's Gospel Lesson beautifully channels our thoughts to an even deeper level of Christmas meaning. In today's Lesson, Luke tells us what was going on in the mind of Mary, during her Advent Season, as she prepared to give birth to the Savior.

After God's angel had revealed to Mary that she was to bear a Son and call His Name Jesus, and after she had responded in faith, "Let it be to me according to your word," she visited her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant also. When Mary arrived, Elizabeth greeted her, saying, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb...And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord" (Lk. 1:42-45).

Cousin Elizabeth perceived that first and foremost in Mary's thoughts, as she prepared for the Christmas Event, was to do the Will of God. "She believed there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." God's plan for the coming of the Messiah would be carried out. She was part of that plan. She would do her part, and she would do it joyfully: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior," Mary said to Elizabeth (Lk. 1:46-47).

My fellow Christians, brothers and sisters, do you believe there will be a fulfillment of what was spoken to you by the Lord? [...]

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