Fourth Sunday of AdventDecember 18, 2011
Our readings today are even about building houses.
In our first reading, David decides he is going to build a “proper house” for God since God has been living in a tent as Israel made its way from exile to Jerusalem.
But God, through Nathan, says to David that God will instead build a bigger and better house far beyond what David can imagine. In fact, God tells David that he will build a dynasty that will last forever. Virtually the same message is told to Mary by Gabriel. Her own body will be the house – indeed a house much different than anything she might have imagined.
“For nothing is impossible with God” – Mary is told.
Do you remember what I said at the beginning of Advent – four Sundays ago? What is advent all about?
This last Sunday of Advent, we recognize that our house has turned out differently than we imagined, but it is indeed a grand house!
CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: (2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Psalm 89; Romans 16:25-38; Luke 1:26-38)