December 20, 2014
4th Sunday of Advent - B
“The Lord is with You”
The angel’s words of greeting to Mary are the same words we use to greet each other in the Liturgy, after the Sign of the Cross, before the proclamation of the Gospel, at the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer (to begin the Preface before the Holy, Holy), before the sign of peace, and before the final blessing. We believe that the Lord is with each one of us.
Like Mary, we are full of grace, not because of our credits or efforts, but because “the Holy Spirit has come upon us, and the power of the Most High overshadows” us, and we become the sanctuary of the Son of God.
It is the same Son of God who entered human history at Christmas, who brought us into one with Him in Baptism and Confirmation, and is now one with us in the Eucharist.
Indeed, we are all “full of grace.”
May we become more like Mary, who brings Christ to the world.