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Gospel Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent B2011

posted Dec 15, 2011, 2:08 PM by Alberto dela Cruz


It is striking to note that the evangelist who wrote the Annunciation account makes mention of Mary’s human reactions:  “troubled and wondered.”  It’s an affirmation that, even in and with Mary, divine message struggles in making itself humanly understandable although unreservedly remaining respectful of what is truly human.  To be truly human is in accordance with what is truly divine.

Mary, by the Angel’s greeting, was not made divine but was designated as free and active participant in the Divine mission of restoring what is truly human.  The Angel’s message to Her:  “rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you,” is a divine pronouncement of what it means to be truly human.  Humanity’s real identity had been that of joy-full, grace-filled and that of being God’s dwelling place.  Sin disfigured that very identity but not in Mary.

Mary’s annunciation is the final divine act of recapturing the focus of humanity’s direction in life.  In Her being perfectly human, Christ is conceived and made flesh. It is He who restores human’s true identity.

Only if we can be truly human, the world would become a daily incarnation of God’s Word.  Amen.

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