4th Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2020
Reflection by Margaret Golub, OSU
Years ago, I heard a speaker encouraging us to “become pregnant with Christ.” This was a different concept for me, but with time and much reflection, this application of the Annunciation story made perfect sense. It does not make the carrying out of this mandate any easier but it seems to be the main purpose of a Christian, a goal of the spiritual life.
One of the translations of the story starts this way. God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee… he had a message for a girl named Mary. His words to her were, “peace be with you.”
Later he said, “Don’t be afraid.” It is only natural when an angel would appear that a person would have some fear. Visits from angels were not a normal, everyday occurrence in anyone’s life, no matter how good and virtuous one might be.
Gabriel then delivered the message, “You will become pregnant and bear a son who will be called the Son of the Most High.”
This was a pivotal moment that not only changed Mary’s life but changed the course of history.
In our lives we do not have such dramatic moments, yet we too must remember that we have been touched by God, that we are “God-bearers” and that our lives have been changed.
We must listen for the message of the angels.
We too as “God-bearers” must bring Him to a world that is so in need of His love, mercy and message.