4th Sunday in Advent

It’s the last Sunday in Advent, and as we prepare to welcome Baby Jesus, we need to also prepare ourselves for the love that comes with this event.  We celebrate the anniversary of his birth and make this a truly special day.

Like Joseph, we can all feel unworthy of the honor of welcoming him into our hearts and our homes. We are indeed unworthy, not because we have little of this world’s goods, but because we have so little humility, so little charity, so little faith and trust in God’s goodness.

Let us try to imitate Joseph and Mary, the humblest of the humble, the kindliest of the kindly, and the greatest-ever believers in God’s goodness and mercy. We can never hope to equal them, but we can follow them humbly, from afar.

The feast of Christmas should draw the hearts of every child of God towards the furnace of divine love. In the manger, the infinite love of God for us miserable sinners is dramatically and forcefully portrayed before our eyes.

In that helpless Baby, represented by a statue, we know that the person, and the power, of the omnipotent Creator and sustainer of the universe, lie hidden “He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave” for us.

  • He became a creature, like ourselves, so that he would make us sharers in his divine nature.
  • He came on earth to bring us to heaven.
  • He hid his divine nature so that he could cover us with it.

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