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October 27, 2009

October 28th Holy Spirit Novena
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October 27, 2009

 

 

4th Sunday of Advent

 

Micah 5: 1-4

But you (Bethlehem) Ephrathah,
the least of the clans of Judah,
from you will come for me
a future ruler of Israel
whose origins go back to the distant past,
to the days of old.
Hence Yahweh will abandon them
only until she who is in labour gives birth,
and then those who survive of his race
will be reunited to the Israelites.
He will take his stand
    and he will shepherd them
with the power of Yahweh,
with the majesty of the name of his God,
and they will be secure,
    for his greatness will extend
henceforth to the most distant parts
    of the country.

He himself will be peace!

 

Hebrews 10: 5-10

You wanted no sacrifice or cereal offering,
but you gave me a body.
You took no pleasure in burnt offering'
   or sacrifice for sin;
then I said, 'Here I am, I am coming,'
in the scroll of the book it is written of me,
to do your will, God.

He says first You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the cereal offerings, the burnt offerings and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to do your will. He is abolishing the first sort to establish the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ made once and for all.

  

Luke 1: 39-45  

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’


       

December 24, 2006 

INTRODUCTION

The capital of Assyria was in what is today, northern Iraq.  The Assyrian army was powerful and was famous for its savagery.  They had destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel and did considerable damage to the southern kingdom.  They surrounded Jerusalem and were calling for its surrender.  Naturally the citizens of Jerusalem were terrified.  We hear in today’s first reading words of hope spoken to God's people by the prophet Micah.  The book of the prophet Micah is very short and this is the only time in three years we hear from him.  He promises salvation would come out of an unimportant little village about seven miles south of Jerusalem, the birthplace of King David: Bethlehem.  This savior would rescue God's people and lead them to peace.

 

HOMILY

Soon we will begin our celebration of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.  The liturgy today invites us to set aside for an hour from all our busyness and to experience with Mary the wonder of God's coming to us. 

Today’s gospel of the visitation is preceded by the story of the annunciation.  The angel Gabriel who asked Mary if she would be the mother of our Savior also informed her that her aged cousin Elizabeth, after years of wanting to have a child, was finally going to have one.  “In haste” Mary left Nazareth and made the trip of about 65 or 70 miles (probably a four day trip for her) to the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah near Jerusalem.  No doubt the youthful Mary was a big help to her cousin in the three months she stayed with her.   

To any observer, here was a young girl coming to help out her relative who was six months pregnant.  But the Holy Spirit revealed to Elizabeth what was unable to be seen: Mary was carrying within herself the long awaited savior of God's people.  God comes to us in simple, ordinary ways, ways our eyes cannot see but in ways that can be seen through faith and the Holy Spirit.  Elizabeth wonders how she should be so honored with a visit from Mary and Jesus.  We must ask the same question.  How is it we should be so honored that Christ has come into our lives, that he speaks to us through the Scriptures, that he feeds us with his own flesh and blood in the Eucharist, that he hears us when we pray (even if he doesn’t always do what we want), that the touches us through the kindness of another.   

Sometimes I hear the argument from those who support abortion that we don’t know when the human soul comes into a fetus.  Jesus could have been only a few days old, for the gospel tells us Mary went to Elizabeth “with haste” after the annunciation.  John the Baptist, still unborn, and Elizabeth recognized Mary was carrying within herself something infinitely more than just a blob of tissue.  They recognized the wonderful presence of the Son of God and they were filled with joy.  

The whole passage is bursting with joy.  Elizabeth was excited by Mary’s visit.  John the Baptist, three months from being born was jumping for joy.  The Church has taught that at that moment John was set free from original sin and filled with God's grace.  Christ came to him before he was born, he was as it were, baptized or christened. Generally the Church celebrates the feast day of a saint only on their date of death, because that’s the day they are born into eternal life. But there are only three holy people whose birthday the Church celebrates, Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist, because they were already in God's grace when they were born.  But as Christ came to John before his birth, Christ came to each of us on the day we were reborn through the sacrament of baptism.  That should cause all of us to jump for joy, knowing that Christ has come to us, that he has given us his grace and has chosen us to be children of God.  

Elizabeth said to Mary “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”  The Greek word used here for “blessed” also means “happy.”  Mary was happy because she truly believed what the Lord had spoken to her and if you get out your bibles and read what follows today’s gospel passage, you will see how truly happy she was.  She sang a beautiful hymn of praise to God, a hymn known as the Magnificat.  It is this song of praise that we will use for our offertory hymn.  Do we really want to be happy?  This is the key, do not doubt God, do not doubt his love, do not doubt his presence, do not doubt his teachings.  He doesn’t always do things the way we think he should, and we don’t always know what he thinking.  That’s why we just have to trust him.  Mary didn’t always know either what he was up to, but she trusted him always and was always ready to say as her son would in his own life “Behold, I come to do your will, O God.” 

In a short time we will celebrate the birth of Mary’s son.  May we always feel the joy that his birth can give us, the assurance that in Jesus God is with us and God loves us. Amen.  

  

                

 

 

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