Theme: JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD BORN THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
- 2 Samuel 7:1-5. 8-12. 14. 16;
- Psalm 88 (89): 2-5. 27. 29. R/ cf. v. 2;
- Romans 16:25-27
- Luke 1:26-38
Today is the fourth and last Sunday of Advent, Liturgical Year B. Next Sunday we will be celebrating Christmas Day, that is, the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ! The readings today have something very important to tell us!
The gospel today tells us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God born through the power of the Holy Spirit! Although Jesus Christ is a descendent of David through the lineage of Joseph, He is not the son of Joseph, nor even the son of Mary, as Mary was a virgin.
The gospel today tells us that when the angel announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary wondered how this could be, since she was a virgin. But the angel told her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and she will give birth to Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus will be the Son of God! Mary believed the angel! We also believe the angel!
It is important that when we make the Christmas Crib we show that Jesus Christ is the Son of God born through the power of the Holy Spirit. This can be done by representing God the Father with a bright cloud made of cotton wool hung over the Christmas Crib, and the Holy Spirit symbolized by a dove hovering over the Christmas Crib! The spotlight must be shone on the cloud (God), the dove (Holy Spirit), and on Jesus, because Jesus is the Son of God born through the power of the Holy Spirit!
The first reading follows the theme of the gospel. The first reading tells us that David wanted to build a house for God, but God told David that it was God who will build a House for David!
Because it was God who made David into a king from a shepherd and it was God who helped David fight wars, win battles and destroy the enemies. God will make David famous and great. God will build a House for David!
But more importantly, when David is dead and gone, his descendent will continue his kingdom and his kingdom will have no end, because his descendent will be the son of God and God will be his father! This prophecy of Nathan to David is fulfilled in today’s gospel in Jesus Christ!
The responsorial psalm follows the theme of the first reading. The responsorial psalm tells us that the prophecy of Nathan will be fulfilled because God is “love” and “faithfulness”! (NJB) David and his descendents, that is, the kings of Israel may not be loving and faithful to God, but God is loving and faithful to them, because God is “love” and “faithfulness”! Thus the response of the responsorial psalm:
“I will sing forever of your love, O Lord.” (Ps 88 (89): 2; SM)
And thus the first stanza of the responsorial psalm from which the response is taken:
“I will sing forever of your love, O Lord; through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth (loyalty, faithfulness). Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever, that your truth (loyalty, faithfulness) is firmly established as the heavens.” (Ps 88 (89): 2-3; SM)
The second stanza of the responsorial psalm tells us of the covenant God made with David that his dynasty will last forever (vv. 4-5; SM)! And the third stanza tells us of the Messianic prophecy which will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ (vv. 27. 29; SM)! (NJB)
The second reading gives glory to God for Jesus Christ and through Jesus Christ! Let us also give glory to God for Jesus Christ and through Jesus Christ!
Today as we enter the fourth and last week of Advent, let us continue to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ by prayer, by repentance, by confessing our sins, by reading the Bible, by reading the Sunday Mass readings, by going Christmas caroling, by loving and forgiving others, etc., and by becoming Santa Claus, that is, by giving gifts to the poor, to the needy, to the sick, to the aged, to the foreigner, to the stranger, to poor children, etc. Again, a happy Advent to all of you! Amen!