Fourth Sunday in Advent

The first reading mentions that Bethlehem was a small and insignificant place. In our rush to where we are going do we recognize those we are rushing past as “insignificant”? Do we take for granted or do we appreciate the efforts of each person doing the myriad of “insignificant” things that make our lives easier, safer, or healthier? The psalm asks God to make us tum to him. Do we only tum to God when we are forced? Do we tune him out except when catastrophes strike? The second ready emphasizes coming to do the will of God. Do we really want to know his will? Do we really want to do his will? Are we willing to let go of our own will to accomplish what God has in mind for our day her than what we have in mind for our day? The gospel reminds us of what is so special about Jesus’ mother Mary. “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Do we believe that God will do what he promised? Do we live the kind of life that says yes to God with each breath? Are we really ready for Jesus’ return, or do we figure we always have more time to prepare?

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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