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Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, year B



2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16

Romans 16:25-27

Luke 1:26-38


Beloved in Christ, as we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent, Mother Church invites us to reflect on the’ fiat’ of Mary which culminated in the birth of our saviour at Christmas.

We are invited to reflect on the example of Mary’s faith and obedience to God as captured in Luke 1:38: let it be done according to your word. When the angel announced to her that she will bear a child, she reasoned how that was possible at a time when she was still a virgin.

However, because she knew God was the source of that announcement she humbly said yes to God when she proclaimed “I am the handmaid of the Lord, Let it be done to me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38)

The angel didn’t have to force Mary. What the angel did was to proclaim God’s message to Mary. And Mary pondered and wholeheartedly accepted God’s calling. In the same way, God respects our freedom and waits patiently for our free response to His invitation to salvation.

Beloved, it is sad for some Christians to think that the will of God contradicts our true freedom. The story of the Blessed Virgin Mary teaches us that it is in accepting the will of God for our lives that we become truly free.

Saying yes to God is not a one time response but it is a daily commitment that needs to be renewed with thoughts, words and actions. Obedience to God is not always a comfortable choice to make. However, the reward that comes with it makes it worthwhile.

My dear friend, just like the Blessed Virgin Mary, God has a plan for all of us. There are times when God’s plans may not make sense to our human understanding. Even in such times, our response to God should always be yes. What He knows, we may not always know. What He sees, we may not always see.

Let us resolve to say yes to Him at all times, even when it doesn’t make sense to us. For if we trust and follow His leadership, He will always lead us to His goodness and mercy.

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