Engaging the Word: 12/21/14
As we have made our Advent journey we have been reminded of our human condition, of how we have a desire implanted deep within in us that draws us toward the good, draws us to God. In our nature, however, we are free and can wander off track, but if we watch and are attentive to the signs we can persevere. We have also been reminded that when the journey seems long we can rely on our hope and trust in the Lord and the companionship of one another. Last week, with a joy like the joy that arises on a ship when the sailor in the crow’s nest catches sight of land we celebrated those who point to and give witness for the good that is to come — Isaiah, Mary, and John the Baptist.
In these last days of Advent our readings draw our attention to the truth that it is God who chooses to dwell among us; the initiative is God’s. We have not first invited God into our lives, but it is God who has first invited us into the life of the Trinity. The readings proclaim as well God’s faithfulness and call us to focus on the glory of our true source and end, our Creator who calls us into friendship and participation in the loving plan of creation, to step into the Kingdom and live there for eternity. The Kingdom of God is realized when God’s will is done on earth just as it is in heaven. When we, like Mary, can utter the words “May it be done to me according to your word” or like Jesus in the garden can offer “not my will but yours be done,” the Kingdom becomes that much more a reality.
As we make our final preparations for Christmas, may we prepare our hearts to welcome our God who chooses to dwell among us, and let us dispose our wills to be joined to the will of our loving Creator, bringing creation ever more to fulfillment.
1st Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11 ~ Responsorial: Luke 1: 46-50, 53-54
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 ~ Gospel: John 1: 6-8, 19-28
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