Commentary on the Gospel of
20 December – 4th Sunday Advent
Mary is the protagonist of this last Sunday of Advent. The moment of Jesus' birth is near. Mary undoubtedly lived this time in hope and in joy. Like every mother she would ask herself questions about the future of the child she was carrying in her womb. And she would not have all the answers. She could only trust the word of God she had received: what she carried in her womb was the work of the Spirit of God. Faith characterizes Mary's attitude. She lived in peace, trusting in the Lord. That is why she can go and visit her cousin to help her also at the time of the birth.
Joyful hope in the faith must also characterize the life of the Church and of our Christian community. The presence of God is germinating in our world. This is an essential part of our faith. To prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas is to have an open heart to the newness that God can bring into our lives at any time. Because God continues to be born in our world. God continues to be present among us. Sometimes in the most unusual ways, but always, for sure, among his favorites, the poorest, the simplest, those who have nothing. Blessed are we if we are able to discover that mysterious presence of God near us! Then we will be ready to celebrate Christmas.