Parent Teacher Talk

4th Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2023

Gospel of Luke

Lk 1:26-38

A Reading from the second Book of Samuel

2Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a-16

David, full of goodwill, wants to build a temple for God. But instead of David building a temple (house) for God, God will build a " house, " an everlasting dynasty, for David: "Your house... shall endure forever." Luke sees this promise ultimately fulfilled in the universal kingship of the Lord Jesus. With this in mind, we should make the Responsorial Psalm our prayer of praise and thanksgiving for what God gave us in Jesus Christ.

The Responsorial Psalm is that that we put our trust in Jesus because of his love and kindness and that he has done great things for us, so we should be filled with joy and love for him and thoro be like him.

in your self-giving. He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord hears the cry of the poor!

A Reading, From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Rom 16:25-27

Only with the coming of Jesus Christ do we attain the right understanding of Israel's expectations. The mystery, hidden for many ages, is now revealed.

In the Gospel of Luke

Lk 1:26-38

Here we concentrate on what Luke wants to teach us concerning this child about to be born. First, he wants our affirmation in faith that Jesus' origin is a transcendental one, that he is born from God. Secondly, Luke brings out what this child is to play in Salvation History. He finds the clue for understanding this in the Old Testament. God had promised David that his dynasty (throne) would stand firm forever. Hence, the expectation that a descendant of David once again would rule the house of Jacob and that his reign would have no end.

Luke sees this political expectation, which was very much alive in his day, fulfilled on a higher level in Jesus Christ, who will reign over God's people forever. "The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father." Let us admire God's way every year again during Advent and Christmas time, and accept Jesus Christ as Luke wants us to do.

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE



Happy 4th week of Advent

Merry Christmas!

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Bring Your Children To Mass?

When Jesus reprimanded the apostles for wanting

to keep children away from Him (see Mt 19:14),

He did not give an age or behavior requirement.

At the baptism of a child, parents and sponsors

promise to teach their children the Catholic faith

and “to bring them up according to

the law of Christ and His Church.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us,

“The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day

and his Eucharist is at the

heart of the Church’s life” (No. 2177).

This importance is shown in attendance at Mass

and rest from labor, the first of the precepts of the Church.

Click the link below to read why you should bring your children to Mass:


Divine Lord, send your Holy Spirit anew into our hearts and cleanse us from all sin so we may adore and worship you in Spirit and in truth. Create in us a greater love for your Word and a keener desire to serve you and our fellow men. Remove all malice, bitterness, and resentment from our minds, and fill us with your abundant grace. In Christ Jesus our Savior and Friend.


“Lord, I too lack the necessary faith to see the blessings that accompany Your Cross, as well as the many crosses I am given in life. Help me to be purified in my faith so that I can see Your hand at work in all things, even suffering, injustice and persecution. May I see life from Your perspective alone. Jesus, I trust in You."