Faith

Mission Possible

Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: Luke 1. 26-38

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

 From the time we were quite young, we have had the story of the Nativity etched in our hearts. This Sunday’s Gospel is “scene one”- the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear the Savior, and that her cousin Elizabeth “who was said to be barren” is in her sixth month.

No matter how many times we hear it, our natural reaction is…

Impossible.

And yet, all of salvation history up to this point is the story of the impossible:

Sarah gives birth to Isaac in her old age, and Abraham becomes our “father in faith.”

The Israelites cross the Red Sea and are freed from their slavery.

A small shepherd boy named David becomes the greatest King of Israel.

Nothing is impossible with God.

A fifteen year old virgin will give birth to the Messiah.

Her betrothed will believe her as God spoke to him in a dream.

Nothing is impossible with God.

God will become man.

Our world will be saved.

Nothing is impossible with God.

This Christmas, you will be with family and friends, and Christ will be there with you.

With great joy, you will experience the mystery of God made flesh when you go to  Christmas Mass.

You will realize that you get this every single Sunday.

You will go out and spread the Good News of the Word made Flesh, and you will be heard.

You will evangelize because of your authentic witness, eventhough you are not worthy of the mission.

Nothing is impossible with God.

 

May your celebration of Christmas be filled with the graces and blessings of God, through his Incarnate Son, Christ Jesus. All praise, honor and glory be given to the Most Holy Trinity.

The next Faith refection will be for Sunday January 8th, the Feast of the Epiphany.)