Empty Vessels – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 12/15/2011

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A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald for December 18, 2011

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;” Luke 1:35

Me of my habits and behaviors that harm me and others.
Prepare in me an emptiness for God’s
Transforming Power.
You, who were formed in Mary’s womb,
who did not regard equality with God something to be grasped at,
teach me how to be an empty vessel and ready for your coming.

Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Patti Bertschler December 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

Julie…I love your poems which I just learned about from Susan Wolf. Look forward to reading more now that we’re “connected.” My wishes to you for a most blessed Christmas. Patti


Sr Juliemarie McDonald December 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Dear Patti, I am glad the poems are meaningful to you. May they lead you deeper into the emptiness where he dwells. A blessed fourth week of Advent.


Joe Palvado December 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

Looking over a landscape of loneliness, waywardness, sin and sorrow, I
Remain firmly convinced that for God, nothing is impossible. As dark as this time certainly is, there is One that the darkness cannot hide. God is here. Jesus is coming no longer to a lowly manger in a foreign land. He is being born in hearts, minds and souls throughout the world.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald December 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Dear Joe, this is my prayer for the world. Lord, find the empty spaces in the hearts of your children and fill them with your loving goodness and provident care. A blessed 4th week of Advent. Sr. Juliemarie


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