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Vocations Prayer

O God, You have chosen the apostles to make disciples of all nations and by baptism and confirmation have called all of us to build up Your Holy Church.

We earnestly implore You to chose from among us, Your children, many priests, brothers and sisters, who will love You with all their hearts and will gladly spend all their lives to make You known and loved by all. Amen

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Third Sunday of Advent Fourth Sunday of Advent:  Love
"Let the Lord enter; He is the king of glory."

Let Your Presence be a Present

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First Reading:   Mi 5:1-4
Responsorial Psalm:   Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Second Reading:   Heb 10:5-10
Gospel:   Lk 1:39-45

e are getting ready to celebrate the great day—Christmas—and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are busy running around buying gifts for our friends and family members.

The other day I went shopping. While I was walking around, I heard shouting and yelling. To my surprise I found that it was a fight between two mothers who came shopping with their little ones. The fight got bad enough that security had to get involved.

Friends, what are we doing here? We spend lots of time and money to buy gifts for our friends and family during this Christmas season. Sometimes, we find it really difficult to figure what would be the best gift for my friend or for my children or spouse. The Blessed Mother through her life teaches us what should be the greatest gift we can give to others during this season of Christmas. It is nothing but Jesus himself. Give Jesus by our graceful presence.

The Blessed Mother, when she received Jesus into her life, she could not stay quite. Soon she becomes a missionary to give Jesus to her own family members who was in need of help and support. When the Blessed Mother came to visit Elizabeth, her joy was joy so great, that the child in her womb leaped for joy.

Friends, do we try to give Jesus during this season of Christmas through our loving presence?

You may wonder how can we do it? It is by our grace-filled and loving presence. When we become love, we are giving Jesus, because Jesus is love incarnate. Or God incarnate, since God is love. When we try to forgive and make up some of our broken relationships; when we do something, to bring joy in the life of someone who is sick and suffering; when we give a call to someone whom we have not talked for a long time, we are giving them the joy of Christmas and that is the greatest gift you can give them during this season.

If you give this year some precious gift, next year they will expect something greater than this yearís. We cannot fully satisfy a human being with material things. Even after getting the greatest gift, we still long for something more. This is the reason why St. Augustine, said, "O, God, our hearts are restless until it rests in you." Once we transform ourselves into the grace-filled presence of Jesus, that is the greatest gift you can give others. Let us become love incarnate. Because God is love. How can we transform ourselves into love? It is by doing the will of God.

In the second reading we read, "You have taken no pleasure in burnt offerings or sin offerings, See, I have come to do your will, O, God. And it is by Godís will, we have been sanctified."

So friends, let us transform ourselves into the loving presence of God, by doing God's will and let us give Jesus as the greatest gift by our grace-filled presence.

Let us pray. Lord Jesus, we know that our loving relationship with You is never meant to be kept to ourselves; it is a gift meant to be shared. Your mother's example shows us the way to live this season well; and explicitly challenges us, to be a missionary, by bringing You into the world.

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