4th Sunday of Advent Year B  by Fr.  I . A.  Mensah

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4th Sunday of Advent Year B  by Fr.  I . A. Mensah

First Reading: Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38


Theme: “How is this possible?”


Are you still wrestling with how can God bring about His perfect will when you’ve messed up so completely? Sometimes we question how can God’s perfect will be accomplished in our lives when we seem to have come to the end of the road. Or better still have you ever been asked to do something and you asked how? This question “how” is what our readings of today’s liturgy seem to be grappling with.

Explanation of the Text

In our first reading, David after his many military exploits and success he contemplated on building a befitting temple to house the ark of the covenant. He couldn’t bring himself to accept the fact that he had to live in a very nice house whiles the ark of the covenant will dwell in the tent. And so he asked how can this be?

His plan of building a Temple for God had to be abandoned when God through the Prophet Nathan assured him that it is rather He who would established his dynasty forever. God made a lot of promises to David. He showed to the young and enterprising King that His promises are sure and that His blessings are generational.

In our gospel reading the “how” question resurfaces. The Angel Gabriel has been sent to a simple Jewish maiden from a small town named Nazareth in an unimportant nay obscured country called Palestine. And the angel looks at her and says, “Do not be afraid, for the Holy Spirit will overshadow you and the birth of this child will come and he will be known as the Son of God.”

She says to the Angel, “How is this possible? I know not man”. Mary says in this account, objecting by way of a question. And it’s a fair-enough protestation. After all, the basics of biology haven’t changed that much these past 2,000 years, and bearing a child while being yet a virgin would have been as surprising then as it would be now.

But Mary’s pregnancy isn’t the first surprising pregnancy in the Bible. We have Sarah, Hannah and her cousin Elizabeth but these women conceived in their old age. The novelty here is a virgin yet a mother. The Angel used the pregnancy of Elizabeth to prove to Mary that the same God who helps old women to conceive can make it possible for a virgin to be a nother and that God is a God of possibilities.

Mary had to make that emphatic proclamation of faith when she surrendered to the will of God with these words, “let it be done to me according to your word”.

To experience the impossible becoming possible we must believe the promise of God . The promise of God is a revelation of His will and purpose . When we act in obedience to His will He will back us up. We can be sure that God will fufill His promises.

We should not step out recklessly in attempting the impossible but should ensure that we have the promise of God in that situation.To experience the impossible we must believe the promise of God with all our heart and must surrender to the will of God like David in our first reading and Mary in our Gospel reading. By doing this God will reveal that mystery which was kept secret for long ages to us just as Paul alludes to in our second reading.



1 Comment
  1. Kofi says

    Mary had to make that emphatic proclamation of faith when she surrendered to the will of God with these words, “let it be done to me according to your word”.

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