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Christianity is Multiple Choice

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

by Fr. David M. Knight

View readings for 3rd Wednesday of Advent:

Lectionary no. 196 (Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Luke 1:26-38)

Ask for a sign… Isaiah 7:10

Do you remember trying to decide what you wanted your parents to give you for Christmas? Having to choose made you look closely at what each possible gift was worth to you. Rich kids could have everything they wanted, so they were disadvantaged. They never had to set their priorities.

The problem with Christianity is that it offers so many advantages we may not ever focus on any one of them to see what we like most. Then we don’t appreciate what we have.

In today’s Gospel, the angel announced eight things to Mary. Which do you suppose she appreciated most?

Four were about her:

v Full of grace! You have found favor with God.

v The Lord is with you…

v The Holy Spirit will come upon you.

v You will conceive in your womb and bear a son

Four were about Jesus and what he would do for us:

v Name him Jesus [“God saves”]

v He will be great… holy, the Son of God

v God will give him the throne of David… he will rule

v Of his Kingdom there will be no end.

Which of the eight did Mary like most?

Which of the seventeen advantages of Christianity presented so far do you like most? Or is there one special to you that we haven’t mentioned?

DAILY PRACTICE: When you start to eat, ask what you like most. Do the same at Mass.

ADVENT PRAYER: Lord, let be done to me according to your word.

Reflections brought to you by the Immersed in Christ Ministry

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