Fr Dan Carroll SDB, Rector of the Salesian Community in Pallaskenry, Limerick shares a reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent.
We are close to Christmas. To help us to prepare better for a joyous celebration of the coming of God in our midst, the gospel focuses our attention on Mary, the mother of Jesus. She alone carried the living God in her womb, flesh of her flesh, as she waited for his coming. When she had given birth, she held him in her arms. We are waiting now for the Lord to be present, at last, in our world. We recall with joy how he wishes to be with us. The Word of God today reminds us of Mary and how she prepared for his coming. She was the virgin who was expecting a child, but she immediately set about serving another woman, more needy than herself, who was undergoing the same experience. Who better than Mary to teach us how we should wait for God, what we should do while waiting, and what to do when he comes? Who better than Mary to teach us how to wait for him and how to receive him?
Lectio divina on Lk 1:39-45