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Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 21st, 2014

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Nothing Is Impossible With God

By:  Margaret McCarthy


God chose Mary to bring Jesus into the world, so that he would live with us, suffer with us, and celebrate with us.  Through Mary’s YES we are able to have a personal relationship with Him. 

 When I was a child and growing up in a Redemptorist Parish, Mary was very important.  In those days, with 7 brothers and sisters, food was very scarce.  A few doors down from us lived an elderly lady, who was well into her nineties, that needed assistance walking back and forth to daily rosary, Mass and devotions to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  I volunteered, not because I was a good kid, but for the treats afterwards.  Often she would bring me into her apartment (for homemade cookies) and talk about Mary and the power of God in our lives.  She would tell me that nothing is impossible for God.   When I became a young adult, church & prayer were not a part of my lifestyle.  Like some, trouble was very close to me in those days.  Finally, when I had nowhere else to turn, I turned to the one person I remembered as a child and that was Mary.  Somehow I believed that she would not reject me and not judge me for the wrong things I had done.  She lovingly brought me back to her Son, Jesus, where I once again found peace.

 Here is a few things that I learned from that experience:

  1. Never underestimate the impact that acts of kindness have on others. 
  2. For me, in times of crisis, it was easier to turn to Mary, our Mother and Mother of the Church.
  3. Nothing is impossible with God. Through Mary, He could even turn my life around and give meaning and purpose to it.

 Mary’s Yes, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according  your word,” changed the world.  “For nothing will be impossible with God.”   As we prepare in these last few days lets ask the Holy Spirit to give us the gift of Faith that believes “Nothing is impossible with God.”  Let us surrender ourselves to God, as did Mary, and pray the following:  “Mary, help us to accept God’s will for our lives and help us to have faith.   Bless us and our loved ones this holy season to live and love by following your son, Jesus.

December 21, 2014 Bulletin


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