Sunday December 24
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Hope is the memory of the future
  • 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16
  • Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
  • Romans 16:25-27
  • Luke 1:26-38

Today’s readings emphasize the importance of holding on to God’s promises. The first reading says that King David was thinking of creating a house for the Ark of the Lord to dwell in. But the Lord had different plans concerning the same. The messenger of the Lord, prophet Nathan jumped at the idea until the Lord corrected him.

God’s ways our not our ways. We may have different understandings of his promises and his interventions in our crisis situations. Through King David’s situation, he is reminding us of the plan of salvation that he has prepared for us: a plan to offer us eternal life.

We may be cured of sicknesses, or we may have received what we have prayed for, but the greater reality and the truth he wants us to seek is his presence.

We must turn this fulfillment of promises into the beginning of a spiritual journey seeking his constant presence in our lives. We must claim his plan of salvation for us and our loved ones.

Just like King David, we may be saved from our enemies and having many things that we could ask for. But we need to remember that this is not the end but the start of a journey to seek him.

God’s plan for the human race is unfolded in the Gospel proclamation and through a simple “yes” of a young girl named Mary, the Word of God was made flesh among us.

As we are preparing for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus tomorrow, let us remind ourselves how Mother Mary obediently said “Yes” to the will of the Father even though she could not see what was about to take place.

For the sake of our families, our loved ones and those around us, let us make the effort in our prayer life to seek the Lord and to be filled with his Spirit. The Lord has promised that those who seek, would receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity will come and live within us.

“Hope is the memory of the future”. This is an inspiring quote I hold on to as it is indeed accurate. Hope in the Lord and his promises are truly the memories of the future. We have not yet seen them, but we are confident in reaching them.

It is easy to understand the things of the world but difficult to comprehend the supernatural. Mother Mary was surrounded by things that she could not comprehend, but she held on to the Word of God and his promises. Let us follow her example and believe that nothing is impossible for God.

Prayer: Abba Father, we cast our cares upon you. We are grateful for the promise of your care. Hold us close to your heart. Amen.

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