Fourth Sunday of Advent (B)
He is coming
In very few days we celebrate the Birth of the Lord, who became flesh
to dwell for ever with us "And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling
among us" Jn 1:14. Christmas is this: God Emmanuel with us for ever, "Behold,
the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they will call him Emmanuel"
Isaiah 7:14, "Which means "God is with us". Mat. 1:24
In the first reading from Mi: 5:1-4a we read in the Prophet Micah from
4:14 how the prophet is giving hope to the people of Jerusalem under siege
by the neo-Assyrian King Sennacherib in 701 B.C by speaking about a ruler
who will come from nowhere but he will rule over Israel "He shall stand
firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, his God ...shall
reach the ends of the earth, he shall be peace" MI 5:3-4a. When in the
mentality of that time, power is needed to rule and reign, Prophet Isaiah
and Prophet Micah are coming to say he will come humble with no weapon
and will reign with the power of his love.
The responsorial Psalm 80, brings to us the humble titles of this ruler
of the world. He is a shepherd whose throne is "upon the cherubim" and
who "looks down from heaven". The Psalm also brings to us the idea of the
vine that Jesus will use when he will speak about the relation between
himself, his Father and the believers. It is a relation of love and not
a relation of king and slaves.
In the second reading, the author of the letter to the Hebrews and
uses the word of the Psalm 40 and put them in the mouth of Jesus. He shows
us that Jesus Christ in his incarnation he realized the will of the Father
for our Salvation. "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body
you prepared for me; in holocausts and sin offering you took delight. Then
I said, "As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will,
O God." Hebrew 10:6-8. The author of the letter to the Hebrew comments
then saying "By this will, we have been consecrated through the offering
of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Hebrew 10:10
In the Gospel, we read how the Mother of Jesus started this "will"
of her son Jesus to obey to the Father for the Salvation of the world.
After she listens to the annunciation by Angel Gabriel, she goes to Ein-Karim
a town in Judah so as to serve and not to show off. Jesus in her starts
to serve John the Baptist, he prepares him by the great mission. "How does
this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord come to me? For at the moment
the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped
for joy" Luke 1:37
Christmas in few day reminds us of our Salvation.
Are we aware of what we are celebrating?
Are we aware of the importance of Christmas in our hearts, home and
Will it be just a kind of festivity like any other, lived with great
meals, dance, and trips?
Or with prayer, forgiveness, confession of our sins and preparing a
place in our hearts where Jesus can find a space to love and to be loved?