The sound of your greeting

O Radiant Dawn!

Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Readings: Sg 2:8-14; PS 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Lk 1:39-45
Notes: Doesn’t it feel wonderful to be remembered?

Especially if someone manages to remember your name?

Or the JOY another feels at your arrival to their door to share a meal or come to visit or come to help them in their need.

From the Song of Songs we learn the Lord, Our God, sings with JOY over YOU! The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all rejoice in you, His creation.

He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.

First reading

“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”

Responsorial Psalm
Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.

Alleluia Verse
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

Gospel Portion
Today’s gospel portion is repeated from the 4th Sunday Advent in Cycle C. Whatever the priest or deacon preached on Sunday (the focus) realistically the focus should change a bit today.

Why?
Today is not yesterday.

Each day and every season we have a new encounter with the Lord. The ancient story is the same. We are different. We mature and are formed or informed by events and the spiritual journey we are on. Our Return. Our Diaspora should come to an end.

So I encourage you today to listen for the sound of the Lord’s greeting. Be quiet, and hear him sing joyfully over you. Hear what Elizabeth and her baby can hear!

And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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