Homily For 4th Sunday Of Advent, Year C

Ready For The Divine Visitation And Encounter

Readings: 1st: Micah 5, 1-4; Ps: 79; 2nd: Heb 10, 5-10; Gos: Lc 1, 39-44

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on:  canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

Last week we celebrated “Gaudete” Sunday when the church encouraged us to rejoice because our Lord is near. On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent, our first reading and gospel have one thing in common.

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This is the fact that from the the lowly clan of Judah; and from Mary the lowly handmaid, God has prepared a body for Christ, the prince of Peace. According to our second reading from Hebrew, Christ assures his father: “Here I am! I am coming to do your will” He comes soon in order to fill our hearts with his spirit of peace and joy.

As we gradually approach the fulfillment of God’s promise to us, the gospel of this Sunday presents us with the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. In spite of her pregnancy, Mary still found time to visit her cousin in order to share her joy.

Through this, she displayed her hospitality, generosity, humility, and her love. This is why she is blessed. It was not only Mary that visited Elizabeth but also, the Divine Child and Prince of peace did. Hence, this visit was divine.

Also, it is important to note that what happened between the child in Mary’s womb and the child in Elizabeth’s womb was a divine encounter. This is exactly what the psalmist described as: “When love and faithfulness meet, when justice and truth meet; righteousness and peace embrace each other” (Ps 85, 10). Elizabeth and Mary experienced this.

The visit of Mary to Elizabeth was not a mere coincidence. It was a well thought plan of God, which was executed at the appropriate time. This season, God has planned to honor each of us personally with a divine visit.

He knows the way to where we live. He knows the number of our house, and he knows exactly the number of our room. He comes quickly to visit us personally in order to bring transform and make our life better.

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This season, what we are about to have is a divine encounter with the child Jesus. This encounter will fill us with the Holy Spirit. He will empower us as he empowered Elizabeth. This divine encounter with Christ will bring us transformation. It will provoke peace and a greater joy in our hearts as it did for Elizabeth and the child in her womb.

Soon and very soon, we shall hear a knock at our door. We shall hear the voice of Mary, the new arc of the covenant with the divine child. They are close to us. So, we must be ready to receive them, so that our joy may be complete this season.

Finally, as we wait for our divine visitation and encounter this season, let us implore the Lord: “God of hosts, bring us back. Let your face shine on us, and we shall be saved.”

Peace be with you all!


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