Sunday 19 December 2021 – FAITH IS A MUST

1st Reading:  Mi 5: 1-4a

Thus says the LORD: You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times.  Therefore, the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne, and the rest of his kindred shall return to the children of Israel.  He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the LORD, in the majestic name of the LORD, his God; and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace.

2nd Reading: Heb 10: 5-10

Brothers and sisters: When Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.  Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”  First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in.”  These are offered according to the law.  Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.”  He takes away the first to establish the second.  By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 Gospel: Lk 1: 39-45

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

FAITH IS A MUST: We are just about to begin the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The birth of the Lord is a great event. For the birth of the Lord to have meaning in one’s life, a person must have faith in God. Faith makes it possible for a person to welcome God. Mary is blessed because she had faith in God and believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled (Luke 1:45). We too can be blessed if we have faith and believe that  Jesus is divine. If one does not believe that Jesus is divine, then Christmas celebration has no meaning. It is only faith in Jesus as divine that leads a person to believe that Mary gave birth to the Son of God, and therefore she is the mother of God.

PRAYER: Lord, may I always believe what you reveal to us.