Spirituality Sunday — Happy 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fourth Week of Advent

Today we again light the candles of hopelove, and joy, and the fourth PURPLE candle, the candle of peace. Christ is the Prince of peace, come to reconcile us with God and others. Christ helps us to see that peace is possible.

Advent 4th Sunday

Only with an intense desire for the coming of Jesus Christ can we begin to merit His spiritual gifts.

 We are reminded, during these four weeks of Advent of the time during which the world was without Jesus. To this we implore Him to hasten His coming.

In the reading which is the Gospel reading of today's liturgy the Angel announces that Mary will give birth so a son. After the announcement, the angel enters into a short song of praise of Jesus and in the process quotes from Samuel, (the promise of the eternal kingdom of David.) It is He (Jesus) who is the one who will rule.

He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?  

Spiritual Gifts Of The Son

The gift of forgiveness: Eph 1.7 

The gift of reconciliation: Ro. 5:10-11

The gift of new birth: Jn. 3:3; 1 Pe. 1:3

The gift of new life in the Spirit: Jn. 7:37-39; Ro. 8:9-11

The gift of adoption: Gal. 4:5; Ro. 8:15

The gift of an eternal inheritance: Col. 1:12; 1 Pt. 1:4; Eph. 1:11

The gift of citizenship in Christ's kingdom:  Phil. 3:20; Col. 1:13

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