Saturday, December 23, 2017

12-24-17 -- 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B

Dec. 24, 2017 - 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

I have lived through many profound changes in my lifetime.

We’ve put a man on the moon and we’ve flown space shuttle missions. We’ve gone from payphones to smartphones. When I was little, we had a console television. Now I have a flatscreen HD TV.

In high school, I took typing on an IBM selectric. My first computer was a Commodore 64 and I didn’t get it till I was in college and there was no internet when I went to college.

There have been medical breakthroughs as well. Things that used to be major surgeries are now routine outpatient procedures.

These miraculous technological advances and miraculous medical advances can leave us speechless. We are left to ask ourselves, “How can this be?”

It’s hard to miss all these astonishing things that are happening in our lives. But we can easily overlook a young girl who is pregnant or an old one who is barren teaming with new life.

We have to look very carefully to see God doing these remarkable things? Do we even look for God to bring about remarkable things?

Mary is filled with wonder and amazement and some puzzlement. She asks, “How can this be?”

What God is doing is amazing but we have to be paying attention to notice.

God is forgiving. Can I forgive someone who has wronged me?

God is loving. Can I love even when loving this difficult?

God is patient. Can I be patient even when I’m flustered and in a hurry?

God is generous. Can I be generous even if I don’t have much?

How can I do what God wants me to do? How can I say yes like Mary. How? How can this be?

The only answer is the one given by the angel to Mary. The Holy Spirit will come upon you in the power of the Most High will overshadow you for nothing is impossible for God. With God, all things are possible.

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