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4th Sunday of Advent, 2017, B

Sunday, December 24, 2017

God’s plan of salvation will be fulfilled by the “fiat” of Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ. The 4th Gospel of Advent is very clear about it. It relates the dialog between the angel of the Lord, Gabriel, and the handmaid of the Lord, Mary. The last one, after her prayer when she recognizes the will of God, agrees to the plan of God, even though she feels not worthy to participate in such a great deed. It was in this way that the beginning of a change of the destiny of the sinful world was started. The example of Mary shows that God works for us but not without us. Tonight in the liturgy we will celebrate the mystery of the nativity of the Messiah, who was born in very poor conditions. Baby Jesus, laid in a small stable in Bethlehem, reminds us about every human misery and adversity, which since, then it will not be strange to God’s glance, because exactly those conditions manifest humility as a source of holiness and a way to God. Prophet Samuel in his Book announces God’s presence among His nation. Although he speaks about building a house of God thinking about a temple of God in an example of a royal palace, the prophecy goes farther in the future. It is about the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God, descended from the house of David, who will dwell among his people through the mystery of the incarnation, which happened in the case of Jesus Christ. As a result: “I (God) will be father to him, and he shall be a son to Me (God)”. Thus “your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever”. This is the mystery revealed by the prophets and proclaimed in the form of the Gospel, the Good News, to all the nations. In the second reading St Paul gives us the reason why it was proclaimed: “To bring about the obedience of faith”. In the end, it is exactly the faith that enables us to experiment in the liturgy of Advent and Christmas the fulfilling prophesy about the Messiah on us, the coming of Jesus Christ who brings us salvation by his saving cross and resurrection through the power of the Holy Spirit in His Church. May God reveled in Jesus Christ, in the mystery of Christmas, bless all of you now and forever. Merry Christmas.