12/24/2017 - Deacon Lucio Caruso Homily

Rev. Randall Hubbard, Presider

Deacon Lucio Caruso, Homilist

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14b, 16

Romans 16:25-27

Luke 1:26-38

 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Epiphany Catholic Church

Louisville, KY, USA

December 24, 2017

HOMILY MEDITATION

In the midst of a shorter Advent and any last minute Christmas tasks, I invite you into a little respite with Mary our Mother, and Mother of our Savior.

Sit up, back straight, feet flat, arms and hands relaxed on your lap.

If you wish, you may close your eyes...

 

Take in a deep breath... Hold... Slowly breathe out...

Breathe in again... Hold... Breathe out...

Feel yourself letting go of any worries or concerns...

Be comfortably present only to this moment...

Gently open your eyes, and focus your attention forward...

{music begins}

Imagine...

You are outside of Mary's humble dwelling...

It's early morn­ing and the sun has colored the sky orange...

The birds are very awake and happy...

Listen to them sing...

Softly open the door to Mary's house and walk in...

It's all right, because she has been expecting you...

 

Notice that Mary is praying... She sees you and welcomes you with a smile...

She calls you by your name and in­vites you to sit down next to her...

Walk over and sit next to Mary...

 

She tenderly takes your hand and holds it with hers...

It feels good to be with Mary, doesn't it?

 

Suddenly you both feel a presence...

It's hard to describe...

You are not afraid, but very calm and at peace...

Be with this feeling...

A bright light fills the room...

Look! There appears to be a most beautiful angel

standing in the middle of that light.

"Mary," you hear her name spoken ever so gently...

"Mary, don't be afraid!"

 

Mary smiles as she gazes into the splendor of that light.

Just as you realize those words are coming from the angel, the angel turns to you and greets you also by name!

Feel your own heart pound...

 

Listen carefully, for the angel is saying something to Mary:

"Rejoice, Oh highly favored daughter!

The Lord is with you, blessed are you among women!"

Repeat these words in your mind:

The Lord is with you, blessed are you among women!

 

What might it mean to be so blessed?

 

The Angel continues:

"God loves you Mary, and as God's favored one,

You shall conceive and bear a son, and give him the name Jesus.

Great will be His dignity.

 He will be called Son of the Most High.

The Lord God will give Him the throne of David.

He will rule over the house of Jacob forever,

and His reign will be without end."

 

After a quiet and ever so still pause, the voice of the angel

now poses a question straight to Mary's heart...

 "Will you be Jesus' mother?"

 

Mary, with a somewhat puzzled expression, responds:

"How can this be since I have had no relations with a man?"

Hear the angel say to her:

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you Mary, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you."

 

Surprising you, the angel turns and whispers in your ear something amazing about Mary's older relative.

"Elizabeth, her cousin, who was thought to be sterile,

has conceived in her old age.

She is now in her sixth month,

for nothing is impossible with God."

 

What do those words really mean?

"Nothing is impossi­ble with God?"

Where in my life are what seem to be "impossible hurdles”?

What hurts and disappointments can't I seem to get past?

What relationships show no possibility of being restored?

 

Turn your gaze back to Mary...

Now smiling, she nods her head and tells the angel:

 "I don't fully understand, but whatever God wants of me,

 I am ready to do...

I trust God, so, yes, I will be Jesus' mother...

I am the Lord's servant, let it be done to me as you say!"

 

Repeat Mary's words to yourself.

"I am the Lord's servant.

Let it be done to me as you say."

What do these words mean for your life?

Breathe in... let it be done... Breathe out... to me...

Breathe in again... let it be done... Breathe out... to me....

 

The angel smiles at Mary and you, then disappears...

Mary now looks deeply into your eyes and asks:

"What does God want you to remember about this experience

we have shared together?"

"With my support, can you surrender and let God's will be done

and fulfilled in your life?"

 

Mary and you tenderly embrace... feel her warmth and care. Look one more time into her eyes as you say goodbye...

Leave her house, and slowly make your way back to this place.

{Music ends}

All join in praying the Hail Mary...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent