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Grace of Christmas

Christmas Day
Family giving
Grace of Christmas
    Who we are
    Love, joy, peace
    Power to become children of God
Word became flesh
    Grace-filled event
    Child / children
    Identity
    Manger + Eucharist

Let God Do His Thing

Baptisms
    Prep: Reviving!
    Could you teach?
    Catholicism 101 / RCIA
Readings
    Baptism – cleansing waters
         Disease (leprosy)= sin
         Physical (OT) / spiritual (NT)
    Confession – remove excommunication
     Eucharist – give thanks
Grace (thru priest)
     GOD’s action —> Faith

God Favors the Humble

4th Sunday advent – “God favors the humble”

Holy Land / Bethlehem

God likes little guy
David (v Goliath)
Gideon? (Army reduced)
Church – 12 apostles
Church new Gideon??

James 4:6 – God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble

“There is no room for God in him who is full of himself” – Jewish philosopher

Bethlehem
Greek: least
Hebrew : little
From little came (and became) something huge

Elizabeth
Little – “how does this happen…?”
Her humility
Should be us at Holy Communion!

Nativity scene
Little – manger, baby, little known
Little baby – focus for Christmas
God became little!
Eucharist – still little

Little / humble are really big in Gods eyes
Humbled = exalted
Exalted = humbled