Fourth Sunday of Advent Year C

PARISH PRIEST’S REFLECTION
Micah 5:2-5 | Hebrews 10:5-10 | Luke 1:39-45

THEME: DOING THE WILL OF GOD REPLACES ALL OFFERINGS AND ALL SACRIFICES AND THAT IS WHY MOTHER MARY IS BLESSED AND THE FRUIT OF HER WOMB TOO (JESUS)

When and where God’s will is done, weaknesses are turned into strengths, sinfulness is transformed into HOLINESS. This explains why Christ takes on human flesh.  He opens up a way for the weak human flesh to relate with God.  Our Second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews is very clear about this notion of turning weakness into strength: “When Christ came into the world, He said, ‘sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for Me;  in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.’ THEN I SAID, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.’”

Sacrifices and offerings are normally physical: They are embodied in flesh.  So one wonders why God would give flesh to Christ if He was no longer happy with sacrifices and offerings embodied in the flesh.

This is the meaning and message of Christmas: Christ takes on human flesh to do God’s Will and it is a call to us all who accept Him, to follow Him and do the same. God wants our flesh to follow His Will.  The mystery is that God chooses to use our weakness to prove to us that His most graceful creature; man and woman have the capacity and strength to BE GOOD and Holy: to follow His Will.

In this respect, Mother Mary and Her Son, Our LORD Jesus Christ are great role models, but above all Christ is the Leader of all those who commit themselves to do the Will of God.  Jesus says, “Behold, I have come to do Your Will, O God.”  (Hebrews 10:6)

It is as if God gives us up for a while like He did to the sons of Israel in the First Reading: Micah 5:2-5.  “Therefore He shall give them up until the time when She (for us Mother Mary) Who has labour pains has brought forth: then the rest of His brethren shall return to the sons of Israel (to the sons of God).  And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the Name of the LORD His God.”

Jesus Christ seeks Faith from us in order to grant us confidence in God our Father, so that we may live securely and peacefully having been sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Let us turn the words of Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist into our words: “Mother Mary, Blessed are You among women, and Blessed is the fruit of Your Womb!  And why is this granted to us that we are visited by the Mother of Our LORD.  The Mother has brought our LORD with Her to visit us and we are filled with joy.  Pray for us Mother Mary that we may BELIEVE as You did.

LORD MAY THIS SEASON OF ADVENT DEEPEN OUR FAITH AS WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THE LORD.

Msgr. Gerard Kalumba
Christ the King Parish, Kampala