Sunday of the fourth week of Advent
Happy is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord.
There are no other days in this fourth week of Advent. By evening we will be singing “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and lighting candles to “Silent Night”. The doorways are open. The coming one comes bringing light and life. The hope of Advent is fulfilled in the child even as it is fulfilled in our midst and will be on the day to come.
Though we focus on waiting and watching in this Advent season, the whole year is about waiting and watching. We should live expectantly. Watching to recognize the hand of God in the moments of kindness. Watching to recognize the face of the Christ in the face of those around us. Watching in confidant hope for Christ to reign in us and our world. Watching for the peace of God. Watching for joy. Watching for the light.
Eternal God, Breath of Life,
Font of Hope, and our Eternal Joy;
Open the doors of our hearts, and the gates of your mercy
to come into our world and our lives,
and bring your radiance to all creation
— The prayer for Week 4: A doorway to light
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With you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Indeed, you are my lamp, O Lord,
the Lord lightens my darkness.
2 Samuel 22:29
Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
Listen to me, my people,
and give heed to me, my nation;
for a teaching will go out from me,
and my justice for a light to the peoples.
If you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
Be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet,
so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.