Domingo, 21 de diciembre de 2014

Catholic Calendar and Daily Meditation

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27-29
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

In the First Reading today, God scolds King David for trying to build Him a house of gold, when for years, God says he has been perfectly satisfied to live in a tent, the Ark of the Covenant. In today's readings, God says, "Not yet!" Through the prophet, Nathan, God tells the King that He'll let Solomon build the Temple. Later, God is going to do something truly awesome. He is going to send His Son Jesus, and Jesus will be chosen for His Temple, a human person who is full of grace, obedience and love. Mary will be God's Temple!

How can this fulfill God's promise to David that He will place His Son, Jesus, someday on David's throne? Through the fact that Mary herself is a descendant of the House of David! God thinks of everything. God will come into the world through His Son, Jesus. He will be born in a stable, die on a cross, and only then find His permanent throne in that heaven from which He came!

The details are beautifully told in today's Gospel. God sends His Angel, Gabriel, to ask Mary if it will be all right with her. After a discreet inquiry as to how all of this will come about, Mary, queen that she is, returns a regal, simple, incredible answer, "I am the handmaid of the Lord." Then she adds on another sentence, "Let it be done to me according to your Word." "Fiat voluntas tua." May Your will be done, God. She doesn't worry anymore about the "how," because the angel has assured her that nothing is impossible with God, and as a matter of fact, God will be "on location" the whole time.

The meaning of Christmas is summed up in His name: Emmanuel, "God is with us," to destroy our fears and make us ambassadors of the Light. Advent has been all about waiting. And now we know what the waiting was all about: to live our lives, consoled in the midst of our frustration with war and corruption, as well as with our own personal failures. For God is with us, making sense of all the suffering, all the misery, helping us believe that we are in a much larger plan--waiting for Love to be born for the last time when all those prophecies we heard read to us in the last few weeks are brought to fulfillment. It's a question of that mysterious presence in our hearts that calls forth from us faith and hope and love. If we can only say a simple, unqualified "yes," life could be so simple, and God would be so pleased with us.

That's why it's so important that all of us confess our sinfulness before Christmas, and be absolved of anything that could keep Jesus out of our hearts. Advent ends this week, and Christmas is just around the corner, when Jesus will be born again in hearts that are prepared to receive Him. Will our hearts be ready?

Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )

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