Posted by: livingscripture | December 18, 2011

Fourth Sunday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

“Hail, full of grace!  The Lord is with you.  You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High…and of His Kingdom there will be no end.”

                                   Luke 1: 26-32                                                                                              

How should we live this Word 

Today’s Liturgy opens us to the grand horizons of God’s plan for humanity, a plan ‘kept secret for long ages but now manifested…to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith.’  (Romans 16:25)  King David wanted to build a house worthy of the Lord but God did not accept this and said, “The Lord reveals to you that he will establish a house for you…Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me.  I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.”  (Samuel 8: 14-16)

In the Gospel of today, the ‘House’ of the Lord is realized in Mary who becomes the dwelling of the New Covenant between God and humanity.  Mary, a simple girl of Nazareth, is the one God chose to bring to fruition the work of salvation.  This is enabled by her answer, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”  Mary believed the Angel Gabriel and she let herself be involved in his plan.  God expects this obedience of faith from every believer. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will compare my obedience of faith with that of Mary.  I think God works in me the way He worked in Mary.  He calls me to unfold my life according to His plan for my good and to benefit others.  Like Her, I do not know and I do not understand what awaits me in life, but as I gradually mature in faith, I understand more and more the greatness of the Father’s plan for me and my response becomes clearer and more decisive. 

Lord, I entrust myself to Mary, Your chosen one, to incite me in my effort to revive my faith in this Christmas season and to be aware of your presence in me in  a more personal and deeper way. 

The voice of St. Bernard, Abbot


Blessed Virgin, open the heart to faith, the lips to assent, the womb to the Creator.  Behold the One all people desire is outside, knocking at the door.

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