Posted by: livingscripture | December 19, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

Through Him, we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles.

                                                                                     Romans 1: 1-7 

How should we live this Word 

The message of the fourth Sunday of Advent is ‘Rejoice’!  There is certainly motive for great joy.  “The Virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  This is Isaiah’s prophecy in the year 734 AC which is later echoed by the angel of God in the announcement to Mary’s husband, Joseph.  God’s promise is about to be fulfilled.  Ahaz has refused the sign offered to him by God.  Joseph, the son of David, confidently receives it and becomes God’s collaborator in the plan of salvation. 

In his letter to the Romans, Paul draws a very concrete consequence from this decisive event in human history.  He explains that in virtue of the resurrection from the dead of Jesus, born of David’s seed according to the flesh, and Son of God according to the Spirit, all of us have received the grace of being apostles, “to bring about the obedience of faith…among all the Gentiles.”  I am among these!                                                            

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the attitudes of Ahaz and Joseph in the face of God’s will.  I will ask myself if I am really an apostle with deep faith that arouses the obedience of faith in others.

Lord, I am sorry for my incredulity, my fear to commit or bind myself.  Help me to increase my faith.  Give me the courage to witness to You and thus arouse faith in others.  Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

The voice of André Louf, Spiritual Guide 

Once we have perceived the unequivocal signs of God acting in us, we must lend ourselves to it with our entire body and soul.

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