Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2017, Year B

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16)

Having established his kingdom, David presumes that it would now be a good time to build a house for Yahweh. Instead, Yahweh proposes to build a house for David, a line of descendants on the throne of Israel forever, ruling over a kingdom of lasting peace.

Psalm (Luke 1:46b-55)

In response to Elizabeth’s exuberant blessing of her and her unborn child, Mary praises God for exalting her so highly. She sees the same thing happening to many others as God acts to honor his age-old promise to Abraham’s descendants.


Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

After extolling the unending nature of Yahweh’s love, the Psalmist celebrates the Davidic covenant. Exalted to the throne of Israel and, calling Yahweh “Father”, David was firmly promised that his descendants would rule forever.

Second Reading (Romans 16:25-27)

In closing his letter to the Romans St. Paul commends them to God. Paul reminds them again of his role in revealing the mystery that Gentiles are as eligible as Jews to be included in God’s people. This exalted standing is based on the teaching of Jesus and the prophets.

Gospel (Luke 1:26-38)

Gabriel tells the virgin Mary that she will bear a son named Jesus who will occupy the throne of David forever and even be called the Son of God. She is assured that this birth will be a work of God’s Spirit, transforming her questioning confusion into humble acceptance.


  • God is in the business of exalting the humble
  • The fulfillment of prophecy in the coming of Jesus
  • The unexpected nature of the Christ-event
  • God directs history to his purpose
  • The two advents of our Lord