Monday, December 20, 2010

The Last Week of Advent - December 20th

Today in the Diocese of Hamilton we celebrate a feast day for the Dedication of the Cathedral of Christ the King, but like yesterday, this brief reflection will be on the gospel proper to December 20th.

In today's gospel, we Annunciation to Mary, the moment of Christ's Incarnation in her virgin womb.  The angel tells Mary that "nothing is impossible to God."  Quite true, God can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants, but God always respects our freedom, God will never act unless we let him.  Our gospel also shows us once again, that God's ways are not our ways.  The event of the Incarnation is completely outside the natural order, it is a supernatural event.  When we encounter those times when God seems not to be acting, we might ask whether what we are hoping for, what we want, is part of God's will.  We might also consider though, if God seems not to be acting, are we letting him, or are we getting in the way.  Let me tell you from my own experience that it is harder to get out of God's way than we might think.  If we really want God to act in our lives and in our world, we need to learn how to really get out of God's way, and to let him act.

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