Third Saturday in Advent - December 21st
In the book of the prophet Zephaniah we hear, "The King of Israel, the LORD is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear." The relation to Advent seems fairly obvious. In just a few days the Son of Man will be born. Christmas is when we celebrate the humanity of Christ. How the LORD came down and humbled himself to be a little child and live among us. He now shares in our struggles. Because He is here we must rejoice!
In the Psalm reading we are reminded of how long we have waited for the LORD to come. After we have prayed and asked to be delivered for so long, finally it is time. We may not have known when that time was but, "the plan of the LORD stands forever." Now that He is here, we are again reminded to rejoice!
When Mary goes to visit Elizabeth we see how even the infant in her womb is joyful that the Son of Man has arrived. The promises of the Old Testament have been fulfilled.
God chose us as His own and with Advent we are reminded of that time of waiting, waiting for the Promised One. Advent ends with the birth of Immanuel, meaning God With Us, and so we have no reason to be afraid. and many reasons to rejoice.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Class of 2016