4th Sunday of Advent
Today, the fourth Sunday of Advent our gospel from Luke focuses on Mary’s vocation, and her yes ”may it be done to me”, which ultimately brings the Light of Jesus into our world. This is the story of the Annunciation which fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14, “Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel."
On this final Sunday of Advent let us take the opportunity to look at our own life situation and ask ourselves, what is God asking of us? Mary was taken by surprise at the angel Gabriel’s request. She probably had other plans. Though it was clearly dangerous and difficult for Mary to say yes to God, thankfully (for us) she chose to be the handmaid of our Lord.
God is full of surprises, and He only wants the best for each of us. Though some of His surprises may look more like obstacles or inconveniences, I pray just for today to have but one fraction of the faith and trust in God’s word as Mary. I pray for the grace to listen and hear God’s whisper as He calls me by name. What is he calling me to do? Where is he asking me to serve? What is he asking me to change? Sure I have other things to do, but just for today may I listen and take to heart God’s request. “For nothing will be impossible for God.”
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Annunciation - Leonardo da Vinci
Annunciation - Filippino Lippi
Annunciation - Fra Angelico
Annunciation - El Greco