The Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 19-20, 2020
Our Advent Journey
Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King! My niece loved singing this song when I would bring her to Mass. It is uplifting, powerful – we are going to see Jesus!
Jesus is very visible during the Christmas season. We see him lying in the manger surrounded by Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and a myriad of angels. We also see him hanging on the cross. We anticipate His second coming at the end of the world. BUT is this the only time we see Him?
Each and every day, do we see Him in the faces of our family and friends, the homeless person walking the streets with a shopping cart full of belongings, the child who comes to school hungry every day, the neighbor who isn’t very neighborly, the coworker who tends to “pluck our last string”, the person who just cut us off on I-95?
When the Christmas season is over, we need to remember that the King has been and is with us always. We need to hold onto the first reading promise that His kingdom will last forever. Remember today’s reading from Romans that we need to give glory to God, not just on Sundays and holidays. Everyday we need to stand firm in our faith, no matter the challenges or blessings that surround us.
In today’s gospel, the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she has been chosen to be the mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. She does not doubt this for one minute because nothing is impossible with God. Do we remember that this same Lord is with us as we go through the challenges that face us each day?
Christmas Day will soon be upon us. There is still so much to do – wrapping, baking, decorating, cleaning. As we begin this last week of Advent, let us prepare our minds and souls – soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!