Preparing our Hearts-week 4
December 21, 2014
Today we have all four candles lit on our Advent wreath. We celebrate the final Sunday before Christmas and with the Homily, I conclude our series on preparing our hearts for Jesus.
Last week, we saw an example of a great man, John the Baptist. A man who used his talents wisely. A man who used his talents for the good of others-for the salvation of souls. He gave the most beautiful gift-humility. John is very humble. Remember, humility opens up our relationship with God, and allows us to rejoice.
Even though Jesus says, “No man born of a woman is greater than John,” John does not exalt himself. He instead says,” I am unworthy to untie his sandal strap.” John is very humble, and he shows us how to prepare our hearts, by investing our talents and recognizing that anything we have to offer Jesus pales in comparison.
There is a female counterpart to John, and that is Mary. Mary is the supreme Christian disciple, and a beautiful example of self-giving and humility. Apart from Jesus, she has the greatest role in salvation. Mary was, indeed, the first tabernacle in the world, because she carried God incarnate within her.
Remember what we heard in the Gospel: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.” Then she runs to see Elizabeth, her older cousin who is with child. She thinks nothing of herself, but focuses on others. Mary humbly did God’s will.
The Blessed Mother shows us what we can achieve. For sure, you and I are stuck with the effects of Original Sin, and we have many personal failings. However, the Blessed Mother shows us our capacity. The true capacity we have as human beings. On this last Sunday of Advent, we reflect on her example; if we give to God what He has given us, we will receive in a way that will astonish us. Let us ask Mary to pray for us, that we may be able to say “May it be done unto me according to your word.”