Glory to him who is able to give you the strength to live according to the Good News I preach, and in which I proclaim Jesus Christ, the revelation of a mystery kept secret for endless ages, but now so clear that it must be broadcast to pagans everywhere to bring them to the obedience of faith.
This is only what scripture has predicted, and it is all part of the way the eternal God wants things to be. He alone is wisdom; give glory therefore to him through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.
Second reading for the 4th Sunday of Advent
Paul speaks of the triumph of Christ, made known in his ministry and in his victory over death.
This triumph is made known to us, shared with us in faith and in the Sacraments, shared with us so we might live from it and that we might continue to share the gift with others. It is the Christmas/Easter gift that God wishes the whole world to receive and rejoice in.
Detail from Traherne Window by Tom Denny, Hereford Cathedral. (c) 2017, Allen Morris