HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B.
HOMILY THEME: BLESSED AMONGST WOMEN
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Ninth Day of Simbang Gabi
In today’s Gospel Mary received the Good News that she will be the mother of the Son of God. The boy will grow up to be the Saviour of the world. It was a wonderful but difficult responsibility for Mary. The Mother of God? The idea did not even cross her mind or enter her wildest dreams. Yet, it was the truth. The simple young Jewish woman was chosen by God to rear Jesus and form Him to be a good Jew. The rest is taken cared of by God.
Mary knew that she did not have what it takes to be a Mother of God. But it was clear to her that it was God’s will. Thus, she allowed herself to be used by God in His plan of salvation. A golfer is congratulated after winning a tournament. But not his clubs, gloves, or balls. His paraphernalia cannot do anything without the player. When used, they unleash their power and characteristics.
Mary knew how inadequate she was for the gift and task given to her by God. Her reactions showedin her response to the angel. But her faith in God prevailed. Knowing, too, that God is with her in the task, she courageously uttered her yeas and commitment to do her part of the task. In a way, she was like a golfing equipment to a player. Even with her whole capacity, she can do nothing apart from God.
We must be the same before God. While we differ greatly from other creatures because of our mind, soul, heart, and strength, we still are dependent to God. What we have can only make us do limited things or reach certain heights. Only with the Lord can we really achieve greatness.
Another Christmas is coming. It will be good to look back what we have done since the last Christmas. What were the gifts given to us by God? Did we allow His Spirit to inspire us so that we can achieve God’s purpose in us? Are we also accepting God’s will for us? Like Mary, if we commit to do God’s will, the impossible will be possible.