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The Lord exalts the lowly
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Mic. 5:1-4, Heb. 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent Year C, the Church invites us to take Christ to others and to bring others to experience Christ by our positive actions as our mother Mary demonstrated in that generous and selfless visit to Elizabeth, her kinswoman. In today's first reading, the prophet Micah announces that in the small and relatively insignificant town of Bethlehem, a new ruler would be born. Bethlehem was an insignificant village five miles south, southeast of the capital city of Jerusalem. It had been the birthplace of king David who was of the tribe of Judah. Yet just as David, the youngest, and therefore least significant, son of Jesse, was chosen by God to be the king of all Israel, the prophet Micah prophesies that another will be born in Bethlehem who will be coming as the long awaited ruler and shepherd of God’s people. Thus, the two evangelists (Matthew and Luke) who share the infancy accounts of His birth describe His birth in Bethlehem.

The humanity of Jesus is linked to the city of His human ancestor, David, and the fulfillment of this prophecy by Micah. Bethlehem was little but highly valued. It means that God loves them inspite of whatever that has made them little. It implies that no one is left out. He, from on high, had crossed through every height and barrier and brought the graces so low that everyone is considered. He is God for all. All the little one needs to do is look around and open up. All the great need to do is, bend down and embrace it. The little one is that person like Elizabeth in today's Gospel who does not have it all. She was good and devout, the husband was a priest, yet no child. Likewise, Mary and Elizabeth, who were two obscure women, were brought to limelight because of the greatness of their children. These women came together to share their joy and thank God for His great work in their lives. They came together at a time when they were carrying two prominent children in their wombs. These children, John and Jesus, were sent to change the course of history. John had the task of heralding the coming of Jesus and Jesus was to usher in a new era in human history, setting a new foundation for mankind.

May the Lord help us to put our trust in God, so that we may focus on His promises and listen with confidence to His divine words always! Amen!! Good morning and happy Sunday!!!

 
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