Fourth Sunday of Advent - YR B

Nothing is impossible for God

Readings: 2 Sam 7,1-5.8b-12.14a.16; Ps 89,2-3,4-5.27; Rom16,25-27; Lk 1,26-38.

The Word of God for the 4th Sunday of Advent invites us to contemplate what the nativity of the Lord brings us. It is God to build up our lives. He reveals to us Christ as His eternal design for the world. He counts on the cooperation of the humans in order to realize His plan of salvation. If we let him into our lives, then He is truly Immanuel: “God with us!” Indeed great things happen when God mixes with man!

It is God to build

David’s intention to be God a house was a good one. Through the prophet Nathan, David was made to realize that it is God to build Himself a fitting house. Perhaps the humans are invited only to avail the terrain of their hearts. God doesn’t allow to be contained in humanly-made temples. He wishes to pitch a tent amidst the people, so that he can easily break it down in order to move with His people. He is an itinerant God, God on a journey. If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do humans labor (Ps 128, 1). Human constructs, even when meant for God, risk becoming monuments of human achievement. They may even turn out to be manipulation maneuvers. Let the Lord build your life-house! He has the best design for you. Just as He established an everlasting Kingdom of David, so will He give you the security you need for your future! If you build alone, your house won’t last.

Built according to God’s ways

What we are about to celebrate is eternity breaking into time, God becoming human. This is the mystery that has been hidden through the ages. Christ is God’s eternal plan for humanity. In Him God wishes to reconcile all to Himself: “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Col 1, 19). It is only amazing to watch how God does this. The mystery of incarnation comes to us in total vulnerability. We are to encounter Him in the helpless child lying in a manger surrounded by animals. Love walks tenderly into our midst in order to conform us to Christ. You are so favoured, humanity!

God’s possibility amidst human impossibilities

In order to come to the humans, God counts on the collaboration of humans. The best representation, as indicated in today’s Gospel, is Mary. Mary accepted to withdraw her plan so that God’s Plan might be realized. It is important to note that at the annunciation Mary asks only one question, a natural question. To this question the angel gives a divine answer. God has the power that descends into human powerlessness. Just as God’s power transforms Elisabeth’s barrenness into fertility, so does it enable us to produce fruits in our lives. We only need to let Him in. For God nothing is impossible. As we prepare ourselves for his arrival, let allow him to penetrate whatever we thought is impossible in our personal lives, in our families, our workplaces, our nations, in our church and in the whole world. He invites us to make a jump of faith and trust Him that He can empower us to face our challenges, problems and struggles. Just think of an area in your life where you expect absolutely nothing to change and allow God manifest His transformative power! Let us stop questioning God’s ways but instead surrender to God’s love in which we are all favored like Mary. As God’s children we shall then joyfully join the angels to sing glory to God who has done great things for us.