Father's Christmas Message

Dec 20, 2017

This weekend starts with the celebration of the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, but by Sunday evening we will be celebrating Christmas. While there are usually a few days in between, this fortuitous overlap makes the passage we hear in the Gospel all the more vivid. Mary receives the message from Gabriel that she is to be the Mother of the Savior. Through her consent to God's will she becomes the one through whom Jesus comes to save us.

The Catechism tells us that Mary's prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time. Before the incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in a unique way with the Father's plan of loving kindness: at the Annunciation, for Christ's conception; at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, his Body. In the faith of his humble handmaid, the Gift of God found the acceptance he had awaited from the beginning of time. She whom the Almighty made 'full of grace' responds by offering her whole being: 'Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word'. Fiat: this is Christian prayer: to be wholly God's, because he is wholly ours (CCC 2617).

As we prepare to celebrate the coming of our Lord, let us turn to Mary and ask that, through her intercession, we too might belong entirely to Him, who gives Himself to us