20TH DECEMBER, 2020.
†4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
2Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27&29/Rom 16:25-27/Lk 1:26-38
(Rev Fr Isaac Kofi Amponsah-Boateng, CSSp; Director, Holy Ghost Schools-Makueni, Sultan Hamud, Catholic Diocese of Machakos)
King David in his last years of life had 2 main worries among others: the succession to his kingdom, and building a temple to the Lord.
In the 1st Reading, he shared his dream with his counsellor and prophet, Nathan who approved the king’s plan to build the temple but advised him accordingly that David’s son, Solomon would rather execute the task. This was because David’s hands were full of blood (2Chr 22:8-10). The bottom line remains that David had the desire to house the Lord. He could not think that it was right for him to live comfortably in that elegant palace while the Arc of the Covenant, which represented God’s presence among His people, remained in a shepherd’s tent. Nathan’s advice to David, and his prophecy about the succession cleared David’s worries. And surprisingly, the prophecy was accomplished far beyond what David and even Nathan had envisaged; for they had thought about earthly kingdom but God gave David a descendant with heavenly Kingdom (Jesus the son of Mary). David’s dynasty became everlasting.
The Gospel passage teaches us about how Mary on her part; a teenager, a “nobody” per se, unschooled village girl of Nazareth accepted to house the Lord. Even in her uncertainty, she made simple statement of affirmation: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done accordingto your word.” By this, Mary offered her whole self to house God Himself, and thus became the principal character or actor on the Lord’s Advent stage.
God makes us extraordinary when we give Him our ordinary without reservations. He desires not the skill of our hands but the love of our hearts.
This is the mystery which had been kept secret for long ages and is now revealed as St Paul tells us in the 2nd Reading. Having known this, we can join Paul to say “to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
~•That we may house the Lord in our ordinary life
~•That the Lord’s Advent may create an avenue for all without home or shelter
~•Lord, grant eternal joy and peace to all our faithful departed.
Lord hear us Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!