Forth Sunday of Advent
Readings - Audio
In few days, we will hear that Jesus, whom the second coming now we expect, was born in Bethlehem. It was God’s will that He was born in the same town as the king David. God announced Jesus’ birthplace through the Prophet Micah in today’s first reading, “You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among clans of Judah, from you shall come forth one who is to be ruler in Israel. His greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace.” It seemed that it was impossible that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem because Mary, His mother, lived far away from Bethlehem, in Nazareth and she had no reason to go to Bethlehem. God arranged the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem by a decree of Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. So Mary went to Bethlehem where she gave birth to Jesus.
In the second reading, the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews points on Christ who is to come to fulfill God’s will, “He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but body you prepared for me.’ Then I said: ‘I come to do your will, O God.’”
The Gospel offers us to meditate on the meeting of two pregnant women. It was God’s will that the infant leaped into Elizabeth’s womb when she heard Mary’s greeting. This was foretold by Archangel Gabriel to Zechariah, the father of Elizabeth’s infant.
Today’s readings show us God’s plan and His arrangement for the new beginning. Every day God gives us the opportunity to start anew. Maybe we already gave up and do not expect any longer any change in our everyday life. Maybe all circumstances show that life’s situation is impossible to turn for the better. Maybe we have asked God for a favor for a long time, and nothing happened. Maybe … Now, stop for a while and try to look for God’s will for you. Jesus came to do God’s will. As His followers, we should do the same. Start your day with the question, “God, what is Your will for me, today?” You will see, after some days, God will give you a new life. '