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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 12, 2018

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

 

Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10;

 Judith 13:18-19;

Gospel LK 1:26-38


The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.


Or LK 1:39-47


Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior."


Yes to God

 

  Luke opens his gospel with two narratives of birth – one of John the Baptist and that of Jesus. The first story about the Baptist was placed in the heart of observant Judaism. Here the annunciation was to old priestly couple symbolizing the ancient and faithful traditions of Israel. But here in today’s Gospel we have a young couple looking to the future, preparing to enter into the promise and hope of marriage. The previous scene took place in the sanctuary, the holiest place in the temple, the place where God reveals his presence.  He revealed himself there to the priest Zachariah, but only in order to point towards another more sacred place where God has chosen to dwell.


There is a reversal of expectations in the case of the Birth of Jesus. The announcement of the coming Messiah is made the ‘ordinaries’ of the place and of the people. It reminds that Jerusalem, the temple, the priesthood and the cult have their places, but the Messiah cannot be limited to them.  He belongs to us all. It shows that God’s inspiring Spirit responds not just to official sanctuaries and prayers but to those places and people who are open to him and willing to listen.


One of the favorite main themes of Luke throughout the Gospel and Acts is that: ‘Nothing will be impossible with God’. In the case of Elizabeth, her sterility could not thwart God’s purpose. It was the same with Sarai, Rebekah, Rachel and Samson’s mother. With the mother of the Messiah we find something even more wonderful. It was the Spirit of God that brought creation into being. Now that same Spirit creates anew in the womb of a virgin. Mary conceives because the Holy Spirit comes upon her, and the power of the Most High overshadows her. The Spirit of God’s love breathes life into her. This life is the fruit of God’s love for Mary and her loving response. She believes in the word spoken to her, and responds with a simple and complete ‘Yes’ and so God is able to make her a temple for his Word, a dwelling for his glory.


All that is asked of everyone is that we listen to his Word, believe in His love and allow Him to carry out his loving design through each and every one of us. If we rely on the Lord and put our trust in him as Mary did we will never grow weary but soar with eagles’ wings in our lives to fulfill His mission assigned to us.


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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