Gospel Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year B – December 24th 2017
The gospel today is about the biggest day the world has ever known, the Annunciation to Mary. This was the beginnings of a new point in history, in a small village, involving an unknown woman, and vague promises from an angel.
If anyone was asked in that year what the biggest moment was, this would never have been mentioned! Yet the world has never been the same! Look at the future — all that would come through Jesus and the church. The annunciation happens every day in the life of the people of God.
It was God saving us in his Son, through a woman, a mother!
We join with God in saving. We can see this in this time of the year. The goodness of many people is saving us from effects of evil and bettering the lives of many: the carol singing to help those in great need; the families that try to make up and love each other; the people who offer the listening ear to the bereaved, especially those connected with suicide, and many more.
God looked on the world and the great needs. The Son of God was sent to us through Mary. And now through each of us this day – saving the world through our care and love. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas!
This week notice the good people are trying to do to make Christmas better in the locality, the family and the world. Give thanks.
Lord, help us hear your call to make your world a better place for all.
Wishing all who read the piece for this week a very happy Christmas!
Donal Neary SJ
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