Fourth Sunday of Advent (B)
He is coming
In very few days we celebrate the Birth of the Lord, who became flesh to dwell for ever with us "And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" Jn 1:14. Christmas is this: God Emmanuel with us for ever, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they will call him Emmanuel" Isaiah 7:14,  "Which means "God is with us". Mat. 1:24
In the first reading from Mi: 5:1-4a we read in the Prophet Micah from 4:14 how the prophet is giving hope to the people of Jerusalem under siege by the neo-Assyrian King Sennacherib in 701 B.C by speaking about a ruler who will come from nowhere but he will rule over Israel "He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, his God ...shall reach the ends of the earth, he shall be peace" MI 5:3-4a. When in the mentality of that time, power is needed to rule and reign, Prophet Isaiah and Prophet Micah are coming to say he will come humble with no weapon and will reign with the power of his love.
The responsorial Psalm 80, brings to us the humble titles of this ruler of the world. He is a shepherd whose throne is "upon the cherubim" and who "looks down from heaven". The Psalm also brings to us the idea of the vine that Jesus will use when he will speak about the relation between himself, his Father and the believers. It is a relation of love and not a relation of king and slaves.
In the second reading, the author of the letter to the Hebrews and uses the word of the Psalm 40 and put them in the mouth of Jesus. He shows us that Jesus Christ in his incarnation he realized the will of the Father for our Salvation. "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; in holocausts and sin offering you took delight. Then I said, "As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God." Hebrew 10:6-8. The author of the letter to the Hebrew comments then saying "By this will, we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Hebrew 10:10
In the Gospel, we read how the Mother of Jesus started this "will" of her son Jesus to obey to the Father for the Salvation of the world. After she listens to the annunciation by Angel Gabriel, she goes to Ein-Karim a town in Judah so as to serve and not to show off. Jesus in her starts to serve John the Baptist, he prepares him by the great mission. "How does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy" Luke 1:37
Christmas in few day reminds us of our Salvation.
Are we aware of what we are celebrating?
Are we aware of the importance of Christmas in our hearts, home and cities?
Will it be just a kind of festivity like any other, lived with great meals, dance, and trips?
Or with prayer, forgiveness, confession of our sins and preparing a place in our hearts where Jesus can find a space to love and to be loved?