Homily of the Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B
A thousand years before Christ, God made a plan! It really began with the prophecy of Nathan to King David. The latter had thought it was his pious duty to build a Temple to house the Ark of the Covenant. At first Nathan agreed with him, but then God spoke to Nathan and sent him to David with this message: “You want to build a house for me, but I will build the House of David. My son will come from you, one of your descendants. God had another plan. The plan began with a simple scene: an angel, Gabriel by name, appeared to a young girl, the Virgin Mary, and told her that she would have a child conceived not through a man, but through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.
We are part of the wonder of the plan. We are part of the wonder of the Word Made Flesh, the Wonder of Christmas. Each one of us has part of this plan. We might not be the founder of the dynasty like David, nor the mother of the Saviour like Mary, but we are called to lead others to Bethlehem, to lead others to our Lord.
God has a plan for each of us. He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. In many cases we may not always understand his plan, but we still need to be obedient as we try to fulfill it. Micah 6:8 “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
God has already fulfilled the plan of long ago, revealed to David. He will surely fulfill his promises and plans for us. O Come O Come, Emmanuel. Come and give us the strength and the courage to radiate your presence to a waiting world.
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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