Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection December 22, 2016
Your daily Advent reflection...
Thursday, December 22, 2016
4th Week in Advent, Year I
today’s Gospel explains the significance of Mary’s fiat. By far, the
most important Advent figure is Mary of Nazareth, the Mother of God, for
Mary sums up in her person the whole of the people Israel, the nation
whose whole purpose was to prepare for the coming of the Lord. In the
face of the evil, injustice, stupidity, and sin that were marring his
beautiful creation, God resolved to choose a people and to form them
according to his heart so that they could be the vehicle of his presence
to the world. From this people would come, as a sort of flowering, the
Mary recapitulates the story of Israel, the story of redemption. We
can, as it were, read the whole Old Testament in her. As the true
Israel, she knows what to do and she does it with enthusiasm. No
dawdling, back-pedaling, straying or complaining: she moves, she goes.
And she goes upon the heights, which is exactly where God had always
summoned Israel, so that it could be a light to the nations.