The fourth Advent candle: Love

Readings for December 20, 2020

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

I’ve heard songs and read phrases indicating Christmas is “when love came down.” But that’s not really right. Love didn’t come down to the manger, but to the teenager. Love came down when Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word.” As I see it, Mary’s unexpected chat with the archangel Gabriel begins the story of the Word made flesh, not his birth. 

Gabriel laid before Mary a huge, life-altering scenario that she was only able to say yes to because of her faith and total love for God the Father. In love, she was able to accept love and bring forth its manifestation for the salvation of the world. It is through this selfless “yes” that we live in the love of God through Christ our savior. And from the moment of Mary’s “yes,” God’s love has been ever present throughout our lives; through all of our stumbles and foibles, rebellion and selfishness. And it remains present so as to offer a similar life-altering chance to say “yes” to God through Christ. 

A chance to say “Yes, I believe. Yes, I have faith. Yes, I will love.” And armed with this love, and with this “yes,” the preparations of Advent are made complete. O come Emmanuel.

My Lord God and Father, may I know your love so fully that, like Mary, I can respond with a whole-hearted yes to your plan for my life. May Your love flow through me for the Glory of Your Name, Amen

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