Mary set out

Greetings on this the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings: Mi 5:1-4a; Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Heb 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45
Notes:

  • Bethlehem is the House of Bread.
  • Ephrathah means fruitful.

Bread that is fruitful.

First reading
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah:
from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times.

Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne, and the rest of his kindred shall return to the children of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

May your help be with the man of your right hand, with the son of man whom you yourself made strong. Then we will no more withdraw from you; give us new life, and we will call upon your name.

Second reading
Then he says, :Behold, I come to do your will.”

By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Alleluia Verse
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.

Gospel Portion
Mary set out.
Mary bears the Fruitful Bread and shares him.

Micah portion today describes him as:

  • Clan or family.
  • Ruler.
  • Stands Firm.
  • From Ancient Times.
  • Shepherd.
  • Strength of the Lord.
  • Majestic in the Lord.
  • Great.
  • He is peace itself.

He is The Bread that is fruitful.
Mary set out to share him.

Let us share in the fruitful bread that is Jesus.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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