Reflections - Dec. 21, 2014

“I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”  Lk. 1:38.
 
On this fourth Sunday of Advent, only a few days before Christmas, the Liturgy invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God into the womb of Mary, the Mother of Christ.  Many reflections come to mind on this day.
 
I think that in Mary’s womb, the one Full of Grace, our salvation is being incarnated.  There is the first shrine.  She is the Tabernacle through which God incarnated his only Son, Mystery of God’s love!
 
Because they sought the Messiah in the strength of the warrior with power, however, God incarnates in a poor, humble, Holy Virgin of Israel.
 
I also reflect on Mary’s willingness to respond to God’s plan, especially on her faith that for God “nothing is impossible”.
 
What is the lesson that we receive from Mary?  That belief in God is the only answer for you, Lord, as the Transcendent, the Infinite, the Creator, the Salvation, the Life, the Light, the Love, the Everything.
 
Let us remember that God’s plan always comes about although sometimes in different ways than what we expect.
 
It is also an invitation at this beautiful time of the year to trust in the Lord, “who brings the mighty down from their thrones and lifts the humble…..because for God nothing is impossible”.  The Virgin will always be present in the difficult times of your life, especially in your family and community life, if as her children we are capable of always saying “yes” to the Lord let it be done to me according to Your plans for salvation.  The Mother also teaches us to imitate her inner silence so that extroversion and superficiality do not distort God’s plan.  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”.
 
Let us ask, as we pray the Rosary, for the grace to imitate Mary, disciple and missionary, so that along with our witness of Christian life we can, as St. Paul said:  appeal to all the nations….especially those who live alongside us in the faith.