On the second Sunday of Advent, December 9, we will reflect together on God’s coming to us. What will that be like? How and when will God come? Are we prepared? The prophet Micah (3:1-4) proclaimed that the Lord God will come suddenly into his Temple as powerful change agent, like a “refiner’s fire” or “fuller’s soap.” And in our gospel text (Luke 1:26-38), a young Mary suddenly learns that her whole life will be changed. She will be the mother of Jesus, the Son of the Most High. She wonders how this miraculous thing could be, but accepts it. “Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” God’s coming changes things. Let us prepare ourselves for that coming.
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