Sunday December 20, 2020
This Sunday the 4th Candle on the Advent Wreathe is lit.
In this reading we hear about King David. David has captured Jerusalem and brings the Ark of the Covenant, the dwelling place of God, into Jerusalem.
I often debate with God over the plans that don't happen as I plan. God in a sense can say "No" to us also.
The interesting thing is that although God has said "No" to David, He promises David that He will not abandon him. Even when David sins, God does not abandon him.
The same is true for us. God has plans on building His dwelling place in and through us whom He called by name in our Baptism. God's kingdom will come.
Mary listens to the Greeting of the Angel
She will become pregnant without being married
What a Scandal! How could God possible work in this way?
Yet He does and Mary says Yes!
In a sense, the Church is the angel that appears to us, telling us not to be afraid when things don't go as we expect; that Christ will be born in us. We can be startled by this, as Mary was.
How can God possible work through me? But He does.
Our Advent has been a time that we were given a chance to become more aware of how God works, of how He comes to us every day, calling us to recognize His Son.
It is so easy to praise and thank God when all goes well, but in those times of difficulties, like the ones Paul and the early Christians went through, it can be a different matter.
This is the Sunday we can look back and see once again that...
Pray that we have the grace to recognize God working in our lives, even when we don't agree or understand.
God will continue to make His Kingdom come and we are all a part of that.
Give birth to Christ today in your own life.
The tradition of the ... O Antiphons as we get nearer to His Coming