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Doctrines & Morals

Your Throne will be established forever

1 Sam. 7:1-5.8-16, Rom. 16:25-27, Lk. 1:26-38. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B, the Church invites us to reflect on the everlasting love of God. In today's first reading, in appreciation of God’s love, David wished to build a house for God. However, God would not allow him but made a promise and sealed it with a covenant: “…I will preserve the offspring of your body after you…I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to me …your throne will be established forever” God speaks to David that it would be His son that would build the House for His Name and dwelling and while He has blessed David and made his reign and rule strong, he would also bless his son and descendants and promised David that his house will last forever. In today's second reading, Paul throws more light on the fact that Jesus is the 'Mystery' that has been kept hidden in the promise made to David.

We thank God for this good news about the mystery which God concealed in the old covenant. This is what the Archangel Gabriel revealed to Mary as recorded in today's Gospel, at the Annunciation. This is the true proof and manifestation of God’s eternal love and His enduring compassionate care for us. It is God’s pure love that we remember today, as we focus on the ‘Love’ as the most important aspect of our Advent preparation. Without 'Love', then Christmas would not have happened and without 'Love', there would not have been salvation for us. God would not have forgiven and saved us, or spared us from the fate that awaits us due to our rebelliousness and sins. It is this love that allows Him to be patient with us and reach out to us with such great affection, despite the attitudes which many of us had shown Him, our ingratitude, our lack of faith and stubbornness, our constant infidelity. He sent us His own Beloved Son, who entered into our world and dwelled among us so that we may know of His love.

May the Lord show us His mercy and grant us His steadfast love! Amen!! Stay safe and save life, happy Sunday!!!

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