FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT — Year B

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, to a young woman named Mary who was engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. Upon arriving, the angel said to Mary, “Rejoice, O highly favored one! God is with you. Blessed are you among women.” Mary was deeply troubled by these words and wondered what the angel’s greeting meant. The angel went on to say to her, “Do not fear, Mary. You have found favor with God. You will conceive and bear a son, and give him the name Jesus. Great will be his dignity, and he will be known as the Only Begotten of God. God will give Jesus the judgment seat of David, his ancestor, to rule over the house of Israel forever, and this reign will be without end.”

Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have never been with a man?” The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the offspring to be born will be called the Holy One of God. Know that Elizabeth, your kinswoman, has conceived a child in her old age; she who was thought to be sterile is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary said, “I am the servant of God. Let it be done to me as you say.” With that, the angel left her.

The Good News as spoken through Luke.