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Thursday of the 3rd Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 20, 2018

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 7:10-14 ;

 Psalm 24:1-6;

Gospel LK 1:26-38


In the sixth month, 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.

Make a Difference

 

20th   December Our lives are made up of numerous possibilities that sooner or later we forget the essential choice that truly matters and that’s where the problem lies. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said that in a nation’s history there are three moments. First is the moment of visitation, when God offers his grace and salvation. The second moment is the moment of rejection, when man chooses his own way by sin, and third, the time of retribution when man gains what he himself has sown, the logical consequences of his actions.


In his famous poem, “The road not taken”, Robert Frost concludes,

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I,

I took the one less traveled,

And that made all the difference”.


In our lives we encounter cross roads and we make choices. Such are the situation in the reading of the day. Each of them had to make hard choices at the cross road.


In life, it is not only important for a person to have choices but rather have the will power to choose what is truly good. The mass of the day is known as golden mass. In this important mass we read in the gospel about the important incident of the choice that changed human history. Mary had her time of visitation. Through the angel, she was offered no simple task and yet she made the right choice. Mary was unselfish in her choices from the moment of the annunciation to her last breath with the gathered community of disciples. She is a perfect example of a person who knew which path to take. Mary’s answer, “be it done to me” is seen in contrast to the answer of Ahaz “I will not ask”. The first is of total submission, the latter, of total rejection.


King Ahaz was the king of Judah. His small kingdom is threatened with attack from the kingdoms of Israel and Aram. He responds by appealing to Assyria for help, but God through the prophet Isaiah, commands Ahaz not to align with a pagan nation but rather to put his trust in God who will save Judah. The prophet even told King Ahaz to ask for any sign as a proof of God’s power to save. King Ahaz is at a cross road. He chooses the safer path, relying on human resources rather than in God. His decision is a manifestation of his lack of faith in God. As a result, Judah became the vassal of Assyria and finally was conquered by Babylon, which sent Judah to exile.


These two people made contrasting choices. King Ahaz chose the easier and safer path relying on the powerful Assyrian empire for security. Mary trusted and chose the more difficult one. Their choices were the product of their faith or lack of it. The quality of our faith determines the quality of the choice we make. The more we believe the more we are willing to take risk and choose what is difficult, believing always in God’s providence and care.


Our human instinct would naturally dictate us to preserve ourselves and choose the easier and safer path. But our faith tells us to risk and trust in God. Following the will of God always means choosing the more difficult path.


Make a difference- God’s plan could have been done in a magical way without humanity’s cooperation, for he is Omnipotent. But God respectfully chose and asked Mary to be the handmaid of His promise. And Mary said, YES- her Fiat. Such a choice was never easy.  Her life was at stake. She did not have a husband yet but she’s going to be a mother. This inexplicable happening would be a great scandal punishable by stoning to death. But Mary, though afraid, trusted in God. She discerned God’s request, listened and chose to make a difference in the world.


At Christmas every situation is like a cross road that we have to make a choice. We can either choose the easy path remaining selfish and immature, or choose the harder one helping us to grow in faith. Let us choose to tell the truth rather than lie. Let us choose to sacrifice rather than give in to temptation. Let us choose to affirm others rather than to criticize them. Let us learn to forgive rather than take revenge. Let us choose to give rather than receive.


Our choice no matter how small affects the greater whole and often it is a choice of doing what is easy from what is right. The more we reject the laws and promptings of the Spirit through selfishness and abandonment of the offer of God in our present age and situations, the more we create a Christ-less Christmas.


Fr. Martin Kuzhivelil CMI


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