In today's Gospel (Lk 1:46-56) we hear Mary's Magnificat: "“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior." To say these words we must first proclaim Mary's Fiat from Sunday's Gospel: "May it be done to me according to your word."
Dr. Tom Curran shares stories from the Curran household leading up to Christmas. Tom talks about the Christmas spirit and what it means to be filled to overflowing. Tom references a quote from a modern Christmas movie favorite in the Curran household.
Today's First Reading (Sg 2:8-14) is from the book of Songs, and we hear the words, "Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! “For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone." Rejoice, knowing that in Advent we await not just Christ's birth, but also the second coming of Christ and the resurrection of the Body!
Dr. Tom Curran continues his reflection on the meaning of "Time" in relation to God and His Presence. Dr. Curran quotes from the History of Theology by Hans Urs Von Balthasar.
Hans Urs Von Balthasar A Theology of History
"This disclosure of God through time is identical with grace: access to him granted by himself."
"Time, in fact, is either real time, in which man encounters God and accepts his will, or it is unreal time, lost and corrupt: time as the finite in self-contradiction, an unredeemed promise, a space full of nothing, duration leading nowhere. This is the time of sin and sinners, the time in which God is not to be found because man flees the encounter: the time that becomes punishment for him."
Worthyof all glory, thanks and praise is our Lord, giver of life's greatest gifts of love, wrapped up in our family, friends and neighbors near and far. Loving Father and bestower of what we most need, in this season of giving and receiving, create in us a true spirit of gifting others with the things that last, faith, hope and love, from Your storehouse of blessing. Lord grant us the grace, to "desire not worthlessthings" (Ps 24); guard us from greed and materialism and turn our hearts to greater things. Inspired by Your love that gave without limit, let us find our Christmas joy in spending ourselves, as a rich presence of love in long awaited spoken word that heals, in the real presence of a neighbor that seeks out the poor in spirit and the lonely, or a herald of the Good News for those feeling spiritually bankrupt after spending themselves for the worlds counterfeit riches.
"We shall receive blessings and reward from our God!" ( Ps 24), when we desire to find all that is worthwhile, through serving Christ the King. Lord, help us deliver the gift of faith to those who are waining, and inspire them to find their sole worth in living for a gift of untold worth, Jesus our Lord. As carriers of grace, grant we would preset You as healing for the brokenhearted, and seek out those who hunger and thirst for compassion, and clothe with royal splendor those who feel stripped of all worldly dignity. Lead us Emmanuel, to be a gift of blessing and a Godsend to those who can find no room to be loved and accepted in the worlds 'inns'. "Finally brethren, whatever is pure, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,....whatever is lovely, ...if there is anything worthy of praise..." (Phil 4:8)....let us desire to give these heavenly things!