Sunday, December 19, 2021
The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent for Year C focus on hospitality, history, and family. In the first reading (Micah 5:1-4A) we learn that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. The psalm (Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.) begs”Rouse your power, and come to save us.” In the second reading (Hebrews 10:5-10) we hear that what God really desires is for us to do his will. In the gospel (Luke 3:10-18), Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth and Elizabeth recognizes that Mary is carrying the anointed one.
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. Here are some ideas: