Fourth Sunday of Advent
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1,39-45
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
Sometimes God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He’s always looking for people willing to serve him. It’s not our ability, but our availability, that makes us useful to him.
When the time came for Jesus to be born, God chose someone nobody would have picked to be the mother of the Son of God. He sent his angel to a simple peasant girl from Galilee named Mary. The angel brought astounding news: “God has favored you. His Holy Spirit will come upon you, and you will be the mother of God’s Messiah.”
Becoming a mother, even the mother of God’s Son, wouldn’t be easy. Mary didn’t yet have a husband; what would people think? But she was available to God. She said, “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me just as you have said.”
As we light this fourth Advent candle, we remember the Virgin Mary, and her humble faith that made her fit to be the mother of the Messiah:
Let us pray. Give us, O Lord, that same simple faith that Mary had, so you can use us for whatever purpose you plan for us. May we always be available to you, ready to serve you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus came to us as a light for a darkened world. And he told us that we, too, were to be lights for the world. As we light the Christ Candle, let us remember that we are called to be light, reflecting the greater glory of the Son of God.
Let us pray. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of light, shining upon us in the face of Jesus our Savior. May the light of Christ shine brightly in our hearts, guiding us through life and leading us to your truth; through Christ our Lord. Amen.