FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FOURTH SUNDAY of ADVENT
December 20, 2020
WORD of the DAY
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1: 26-34)
How shall I live this Word?
The Annunciation always remains a Mystery, in fact it is mysterious how the Infinite can enter the finite. It is mysterious how the Whole becomes a part. How the Son of the Most High becomes a child. We would like to simplify everything by saying that our words are only symbolic and that we speak by comparison, but this is not the case. The incarnation of Jesus is the incarnation of the Son of God who became flesh in the womb of Mary. The matter is so surprising that even Mary feels the backlash. She was troubled by these words, and she wondered what such a greeting meant. Do not be afraid, do not be afraid, the angel tells her. But we are always a little afraid of what we don’t know. The life of each of us is mysterious. We try to imagine what will become of us but basically we don’t know fully..
Lord Jesus, grant that the Mystery of Your love may become flesh in our heart, making us the prolongation of Your humanity!
The Voice of Bishop Tonino Bello
Mary made room for God’s thoughts in her thoughts, but she did not feel reduced to silence for this. She gladly offered the virgin soil of her spirit to the germination of the Word; but she did not consider herself expropriated of anything. She joyfully gave Him the most inviolable ground of her interior life but without having to reduce the spaces of her soul. She gave stable dwelling to the Lord in the most secret rooms of her soul; but she did not feel His presence as trespassing.