Vol: 45, No.4 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( B) December 24 2017  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.
(Isa 45:8)
PENITENTIAL RITE
The intention of David to build a house for the Lord is well meant. Prophet Nathan immediately supports it but God has other plans. In fact, when the Lord speaks he does not rebuke David, but instead blesses him and promises him long and lasting reign. But something is still wrong with David’s desire to build a house for the Lord. At this juncture, it is not difficult for us to understand what is wrong: it is not David who is going to build a house for God but God himself will build his Temple which, in other words, is the establishment of his rule. The first steps towards establishing God’s rule is what we see in the gospel of today: the angel announcing the birth of God’s Son and Mary saying “yes” to God. The Divine-human partnership has laid the foundation for a new era in salvation. What is our response when God demands our cooperation? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God....
COLLECT
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns
 
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
FIRST READING
(Nathan approves David’s intention to build a temple for the Lord, but the Lord does not approve it. Instead David receives an assurance about the continuation of his dynasty).
A reading from the Second Book of Samuel
(7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16)
Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies round about, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart; for, the Lord is with you.”
But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies.
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