Advent 2016

Fourth Wednesday of Advent - December 21st

Sg: 2: 8-14 // Ps 33: 2-3, 11-12, 20-21 //  Lk 1: 39-45

The Song of Songs is an Old Testament book comprised of a series of lyrics which describe the bond of perfect love between two persons.  However, biblical scholars have interpreted the book as an allegory to the loving, mutualistic relationship between God and his people.

Human love is cemented and celebrated in the sacrament of marriage, and God is similarly married to the church.  How does God make his love for us apparent?  He gave us life. He sent his one and only son to live among us and to redeem mankind by offering us salvation from our sins.  He listens to our prayers and offers solace.  So, how do we in turn make our love for God apparent?  Do we make our love for God apparent?  Marriage is a union of two, and requires continuous communication, effort and action on the part of the two to ensure its success.  Are we working towards the success of the marriage, or have we become complacent?

Although we may physically be in the midst of winter, because of God, “winter is past” for mankind and the “fig tree puts forth its figs,” just as the fruit of Mary’s womb is about to fill us with the Holy Spirit.  If we have strayed away from our relationship with God, now is the perfect time to strengthen it.  Let us, like Mary, believe and trust in the Lord that he will fulfill his promises to us.  Love is founded on trust, and wavers in its absence.  Then, let us show absolute elation. Shout for joy! Sing joyfully! Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.  Praise.  Thank.  Appreciate.   Not simply today, or during the season of Advent, but sing and shout for all days.  In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, let us love and honor God all the days of our lives.

Cara Mathers
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Class of 2017