On this final day of Advent, the Scriptures turn our hearts toward what has happened in history and what will happen in the Day of the Lord!
The oracle of the Prophet Isaiah (7:10-14) reminds us that the sign of his coming will be the birth of a child by a virgin and whose name shall be called “Emmanuel” which means “God is with us.” Saint Paul extrapolates both the Mystery of the Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery clearly as he identifies Jesus as the risen “descendant of David according to the flesh.” The name of Jesus, as we all know, means “he will save his people from their sins.”
As we hear the account of the Annunciation on this Fourth Sunday of Advent, which is also Christmas Eve, the sacred tenderness of the moment of the Lord’s conception is underscored. How precious and divine is the gift of life! How sacred it is to be entrusted with both the gift of life and of participation in God’s saving plan! Today, as our eyes gaze back in history for just a moment, we marvel at how God’s saving plan will touch the gift of our lives:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Amen!
As the nighttime of Advent breaks into the dawn of Christmas, may this coming week be filled with wonderful presence of the Lord with His countless blessings!