Posted by: livingscripture | December 23, 2012

Fourth Sunday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“In holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.  Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God!”

(Hebrews 10: 8-9)

  

How should we live this Word pl_03[1]

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews strongly affirms that the sacrifices of animals or fruit offered to God in the Old Testament were impotent in obtaining the forgiveness of their sins.  It is precisely in this obscure night of impossibility that a light gleams and a voice of hope is raised.  It is that of Jesus become human who is recognized as the One who was to come, the Son of God who had been announced by the prophets as the Messiah.  The highlighted expression of the passage is, ‘I come to do your will, O God.’  These words contain the entire mystery of Christmas.

Yes, our heart relishes the sweetness of contemplating the Divine Child who is born in a cave and speaks to us of love and poverty.  But what cries out more forcefully is the mystery of the Word of the Father who becomes incarnate and lives in the world to teach us to accomplish God’s plan that is always for a greater good, even if it is hidden.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask God to help me live the coming of Christmas in faith and in love.

“Come, Lord Jesus, come! I believe in You with all my heart and all that You lived and taught.  Nothing is better for me than to do the Father’s will together with You! 

The Voice of Blessed Pope John Paul II

In the salvific design of the Most Holy Trinity, the mystery of the Incarnation constitutes the superabundant fulfillment of the promise made by God to man after original sin…And so there comes into the world a Son, ‘the seed of the woman’ who will crush the evil of sin in its very origins.

 

 


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