Fourth Sunday of Advent - Year B - 20 December 2020
Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Haere mai e te whanau, Tëná koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.
For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
In his beautiful reflection on today’s Gospel [Luke 1:26-38] John Shea reminds us of two ‘jarring remarks’ made by Saint Augustine - ‘Mary conceived Jesus through the ear’ and then ‘in her heart.’ In other words Augustine is teaching us about how Mary first listens to the Word of God and then accepts God’s Word with complete openness in her heart…
John Shea also observes that even though all of us have our own annunciations. It can take our minds and hearts time and grace to respond fully to these moments of inspiration from the Holy Spirit. Then he adds even if we ignore the personal visitations from God, God ‘sends another angel.’
With every blessing in Christ,
Michael McCabe - Parish Priest