for Sunday, December 18, 2011
We are almost at the end of Advent. The readings today teach us that all
that will happen at Christmas is done by the Lord God Himself. The first
reading today tells of David wanting to build a house for the Lord. God
tells Him that God is the one who builds houses for others. This is a
symbolic teaching that tells us clearly that all that is good in our lives
is done by God. We can give thanks that God loves us so much and that we
are able to receive His gifts.
The second reading today, from the Letter to the Romans, speaks of the God
who can strengthen us and who made known to all nations the obedience of
faith through Jesus Christ. Again this is clearly telling us that Jesus
Christ is the one who brings us the knowledge of God's love for us and who
invites us to share His life.
The Gospel is the Annunciation scene. Here we can learn our response to
God's words and promises: Be it done to me according to your word. If
only we could all learn to respond to the Lord in such a wonderful way! As
we continue to allow God to form us with His word, surely our lives will
change and we shall be able to say more readily and with joy: Be it done
to me according to your word!
Mary is the model for all of us who want to follow God's ways. She was a
lowly maiden who tried to be faithful to the Lord. In her lowliness, God
chose her for the most important role: the mother of His Son. We too are
invited to allow Christ to come to birth within each one of us. Even us
men must learn how to let Christ come alive within us. The symbols of the
feminine don't work well for us men and yet we must find ways to relate to
them. Mary is our model also. We don't need to make her into a man to
find ways in which we can relate to her complete self-giving to God.
May this Advent bring us all close to the Lord because He is always close
to us. May we recognize that God loves us and sends His Son to save us.
We have been given enlightenment in the Holy Spirit. May Mary intercede
for us as we serve her Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.
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