Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings

IS 7:10-14; Psalm 24; ROM 1:1-7; MT 1:18-24

Daily Advent Challenge 12-18The name Emmanuel means, “God is with us.” This is a title we use for Jesus frequently during the Advent and Christmas season, but its impact should stay with us throughout the year. The Incarnation, God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ, broke into our world in a profound manner that means that God is not only with us, God is us. The relationship offered to you and I by God is now more intimate and meaningful because of the birth of Jesus Christ.

God is truly with us and our goal is to be truly present to him throughout our day. To be prayerful, another characteristic of an Everyday Steward, means more than reciting prayers and setting aside 10 minutes a day. Our goal is to experience the presence of God throughout the day in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of living. When we begin to sense God’s presence at all times, and we realize that being with God does not mean one of us has to be talking all the time, than we can truly attest to our reality in a quiet voice at any time, “Emmanuel, God is with us.”

Daily Advent Challenge

Take a day and setup reminders on your phone or other device to alert you hourly. At each hour, try to feel the presence of God. Spend a minute or two in prayer if needed to calm your spirit enough to be open to his presence.