Advent, 4th Sunday (B) Right from the moment of the first sin, God was already planning to save us. God prepared our salvation from Abraham through Moses and King David. In the fulness of time God sent his angel to ask the virgin Mary, "Do you want to be who I made you to be?" With humility and obedience, Mary is submissive to the will of God in her life. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.

It was all part of God's plan that the same Word who dwelt in the womb of Mary would also dwell in your heart. We were made by love and for love. You were made for friendship with God, a friendship so intimate and personal that it can best be described as Christ in me and I in Him.

Today we will have an altar call. At Communion time, do not come forward if you are prepared to place yourself on the altar. You might think that's a lot for God to ask. Mary thought the same. But God has already given you everything. The birth of Jesus and his presence on the altar is like going down on one knee to pop the question. Will he find room in your heart?

(20 Dec 2020)

Going Deeper: What are you getting the Birthday Boy for Christmas? You probably thought of something for everyone -- except him. All he wants for Christmas is you. So wrap yourself up in his love and give yourself to Jesus this Christmas.