Fourth Sunday of Advent
The gift that Christ offers us is the gift of his presence. His mission is good news for the poor, sight to the blind, liberty for captives and a time for recognizing God’s favor. It is the vision of life loosened from physical needs and spiritual confusion. We long for this good news preached by Jesus. It is a call to change, to transform our desires, to sublimate our conditions and, in the true freedom of a new perspective, to find peace
O Come. O Come, Emmanuel!
How can I work toward this change?
The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way…
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
The miracle is not to walk on water, but to walk with love on earth,
as if your feet are kissing the ground.
We must remember that our presence alone is a miracle.
We must learn to say ‘Yes’ to the miracles of life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.
It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.
We are called to be witnesses of God’s by the love we extend to others; precursors of his justice by our unfailing commitment to what is right and good; lamps reflecting the light of God’s Christ in our forgiveness, mercy and compassion; harvesters of souls through our humble and dedicated servanthood.