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I never did get around to writing anything on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Now might be a good time to do so. Throughout that days readings, and the readings leading up to the Sunday, and the days following it; the presence of Angels stuck with me. The angel spoke to Mary, and one also to Joseph and even to Zechariah. The season is filled with angels, but the angel was not the focus of the reading of the Visitation. That story chronicles Mary’s travels to visit Elizabeth. The story is about the visit, but the thought of angels stay with me, and then a word comes to mind. Evangelization, evangelize. Within that word Evangelize is the word, Angel. An angel is Gods messenger, or Gods message. Mary receives the message from the Angel Gabriel, and brings it to Elizabeth. Mary Evangelizes. Mary does more than bring an angels message to Elizabeth, she brings Elizabeth’s LORD. So profound is that event that Elizabeth gives homage to Mary, though cultural traditions dictate the opposite. A profound event.The other obvious aspect of this story are the pregnancies, and within those pregnancies is an angels message of life. The message is a positive one, and a joyful one. That is important to remember because though the message is uplifting, the surroundings were not. Think of that same location today, and joy is not the first word to come to mind. People are fleeing war, and violence, and hatred. Even in that environment, an angels message of joy exists, and can be carried by those who wish to embrace it. This is what leads up to Christmas, and is part of the Christmas message. From an angel to a manger. The manger and its surroundings, the manger is an oasis in a war zone though few would recognize it. In the garden of Eden man is expelled from paradise. God proceeds from a manger, to bring those same people back. Here is where Christmas begins, not where it ends.

 

 

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