Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

I found out a few days ago that I would write a short reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Lk 1:26-38).   As I’ve prepared there are two words that keep coming back to me… courage and peace. The story in today’s gospel speaks to me of COURAGE: The courage of Mary to put such a question to the angel Gabriel. It shows genuine faith. That angel Gabriel takes the question seriously and responds tenderly models how we should strive to be when somebody asks a question of us. In accepting the message of the Angel Gabriel, Mary courageously accepts her role as handmaid of the Lord. As Dominican whānau: may we be people of courage to seek and live out the truth in our daily lives. As we light the fourth candle of the Advent Wreath today I think of the word PEACE. This final candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolises peace.  There are so many without peace this Advent: those in countries torn apart through war and natural disasters those living in situations of family violence those struggling with mental health issues and many more. As Dominican whānau: may we be people of peace, seeking to encourage peace in all that we do. Contributed by Teresa McNamara
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