Accepting God’s Plan – A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

By Sister Kathleen Lehner

“Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.” (Is. 45:8)

Can you wholeheartedly offer yourself as a servant of God?

The scene that the Church offers us to contemplate on this last Sunday of Advent is extraordinary. Mary was a young maiden, fully aware of her Jewish faith and ancestry. When the Angel Gabriel appeared to her she was startled, but she recognized that this was a visitation from heaven.

Mary asked a question for clarification and the answer assured her that the power of God would guide her throughout her life. This grace enabled her to accept her role in God’s plan for our salvation.

Centuries earlier, King David had ideas of his own for establishing God’s Kingdom. He thought he could build a Temple for the Ark of the Covenant, the visible sign of God’s Presence among the Jewish People. God rejected the plan at that time but promised that David’s house and Kingdom would endure forever.

God’s plan is far beyond our comprehension, but it includes each of us. We are each to play our part. Gently, and interiorly, God reaches out to us and invites us to add our unique contribution. When we accept, we are empowered to carry out our role in the salvation of the world. When we live our lives not for our own dreams alone, but cognizant that we are part of a plan designed by God for the good of all creation, we contribute our unique offering.

Do you fully realize that you are a part of God’s plan?

Can you wholeheartedly accept God’s invitation to you?

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2 Responses to Accepting God’s Plan – A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

  1. joanne says:

    Kay, thank you for this nudge into our final week. I do feel so very connected to Mary in her fiat that I can depend almost always on trusting God to take the initiative in what I do with the gift of time. Mary and her Son fill it for me at God’s direction and I am more free than I have ever been in my life. These word belong more properly in my journal but your reflection prompted them so I lay them at your feet in gratitude. Merry Christmas, joanne

  2. Sister Dolores Chepiga SSJ says:

    Thank you, Kay. Yes, I believe God has a plan for each of us….even when we take detours. God bless! Dolores SSJ

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