Readings for Monday of the Third Week in Advent (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe): Zechariah 2:10-13; Judith 13:18-19; Luke 1:26-28
"For behold, I come and will dwell in the midst of you, says the Lord." Zechariah 2:10
As we enter the third week of Advent, the anticipation of Christ's coming becomes more and more concrete. In less than two short weeks now, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord. We will exclaim with the angels, "glory to God in the highest!" (Luke 2:12) What other response could we possibly have to such an unbelievable event? For there is no other occurence in human history to match God becoming man and entering our world. It split time in half, and nothing after that night in Bethlehem would ever be the same. For a God that takes human flesh and assumes our condition here on earth is a mighty God indeed. Even more, the Incarnation reveals a love beyond anything our human minds can grasp; a power beyond anything on this earth:
"[H]uman nature assume by God--as revealed in God's only begotten Son--is greater than all the powers of the material world, greater than the entire universe." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
As we continue our journey toward Christmas, let us remember the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary, "with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37) May we never doubt this reality.
God love you.