The Fourth Sunday of Advent is time to actively prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Have we made a home for him in our hearts? What do we need to do during this final week to make room for him in our lives?. Here are some resources for youth ministers, catechists, teachers, and parents – the first teachers of their children.
Go See a Christmas Light Display
So spend a little time looking at the lights. Go see a large Christmas light display somewhere or just drive around your neighborhood and see how beautiful it looks. After you see some great displays, remind your family what the Bible says in John 8:12 - "When Jesus spoke to the people again, he said: I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life."
Sing Some Christmas Carols
We went to the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols last night at our kid's grade school. They put on a very nice presentation of carols and Bible readings. It made me think about how much caroling can help us think about the coming of the Christ child.
The Significance of Linus and His Blanket in A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas emphasizes the religious nature of the Christmas holiday. But did you ever notice that Linus drops his blanket during the show?
4th Sunday in Advent – Year B (2023)
The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent for Year B speak of the original Ark of the Covenant and of the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant. So perhaps talk about Mary and her role in our salvation. And think about how we can also be a dwelling place for our Lord.
Pray the O Antiphons
The "O Antiphons" are part of the evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours for December 17 to December 23. In them, Old Testament imagery is used to proclaim the coming of the Christ child. Incorporate them into your family prayer this advent.
4th Sunday in Advent – Year A (2022)
The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent for Year A challenge us to look beyond our own understanding and have faith. Do I rely on my own knowledge or am I willing to accept that there are things beyond my comprehension?
4th Sunday in Advent – Year C (2021)
The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent for Year C focus on hospitality, history, and family. These readings might lead into a discussion of what it means to welcome and greet another person. They also make us think about how events in our lives fit into a larger context.