Welcome to the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord
a community of over 2000
Roman Catholics across the three Churches of St Joseph’s
in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and
St Teresa of the
Child Jesus in Merstham.
Willkommen! Vítejte! Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Dobrodošli! Benvenuti! üdvözöljük! Welkom! Witamy Serdecznie! Bom Dia!
21st December 2014
4th Sunday of Advent (Yr B)
Fr Chris writes.....
Announcements can be very important to us. Some
involve our immediate need – the train announcement is
one ....Sometimes an announcement can be life
Announcements from God through His messengers can be extremely life changing. This is true today when Gabriel announces that Mary will be Mother of the Redeemer, who, through Joseph, would be of the line of David. Although we have heard this reading many times before, it still fills us with excitement when it is proclaimed! ...This week we reflect upon Mary's example of faith and obedience to God, traits which permitted her to receive the angel's announcement that God's Son would be born as a human person, as one of us.
It is fitting that we recall how God announced the birth of Jesus as we make our final preparations for our celebration of the Incarnation. The angel Gabriel visited Mary, a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph. Mary greeted the angel's news with awe and wonder, and asked how it could be possible that she could give birth to a child. In his reply, the angel Gabriel announced the seemingly impossible reality: the child to be born would be conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and would be God's own Son. The angel reported to Mary another miracle. Her relative Elizabeth was also pregnant despite having been thought to be unable to have a child. Mary's response to the angel is an example of complete faith and obedience to God.
The story of the Annunciation calls to our attention God's wonderful action in human history. God chose a human person to give birth to his Son so that all humanity would know God's salvation. Mary, already full of God's grace, was able to cooperate in this great plan for our salvation. Thus Jesus was born as one of us, fully human and also fully divine. This is the mystery we prepare to celebrate at Christmas; it is the mystery of the Incarnation. With Mary as our model, we pray that we will be people of faith who recognise God's saving plan for us, and that we will be able to respond with obedience. How do we recognise what is from God, and how does this affect our response?
Sunday Mass is celebrated in all three Churches. Together the Parish is committed to celebrating the Catholic faith as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
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