Sunday, December 24, 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. In the first reading (2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16) David wants to build a home for the Ark of the Covenant, and instead God promises to establish the house of David forever. The psalm (Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29) reiterates God’s promises to David. The second reading (Romans 16:25-27) praises God. And in the gospel (Luke 1:26-38) Gabriel the Archangel appears to the Blessed Virgin Mary and brings her the news that she has been chosen to be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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. Here are some ideas: