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dc.contributor.authorGillick, Larry, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 11en_US
dc.description.abstractThe work of any family is to make their house a home. David, in our first reading for this Advent Sunday, feels a bit embarrassed about having his rest in a beautiful palace, while the residence for the Ark of God, dwells in a mere tent. We hear a long speech by God through the Prophet Nathan reminding David of God's fidelity in the past and the future of David's family line. "The Lord also reveals to you that He will establish a house for you." ||Those who will proclaim the second reading will have to take one very deep breath, because the reading is one long praise of God's secret and plan which has been revealed through Jesus Christ. | The wondrous gospel we hear today tells of the angel coming into the house of Mary and preparing her to make a home for the secret soon to be shared. The presence of God, once carried about in a tent, remains portable, moveable, accompaniable in the tent of the flesh of one human being. | David both desires a more honorable place for God's presence, but also falls into the most human desire, that is of wanting stability, permanence and locateability. We all want to have that for ourselves and also for our God. We want to be able to locate God and go there and find answers. God wants to be with us where we are, where we really live. God wants to locate us and accompany us and prove faithful to us as God was to David. | The house God promises to David is the sacred Body of Jesus. "Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me." The house of David will become the home for the Word-Made-Flesh. Prophesies and promises lie waiting for their fulfillment. Mary waits, knowing well the tradition of her faith; there will be fullness. Mary is moved and troubled by the visit and the message. She is to play her part in completing the promise and telling the secret. | We are preparing these days to make our houses of stone, brick and wood, homes of welcome, warmth and love. Our God is ever laboring to make a home in us for Jesus. God labors to find room to wedge a way through our personally-arranged fullnesses. The empty womb, the empty stable, the empty world were all available for His taking up residence. God told Nathan that a human house was not big enough; what is big enough is human emptiness, human longing and human openness to the God-prepared completion. | There is a virginal aspect to our human hearts. Nothing has penetrated to the place where only God's love can make our hearts a home. There is and will always be, an incompleteness within every experience of human love. Perhaps the image of our physical hearts with the little declivity at the top, is a perfect symbol for Advent more than Valentine's Day. | While making our houses homes these days, we pray with the empty places of our lives. All the friends and family, all the gifts given and received, all the warmth and welcomes extended, are all both quite real and sacramentally symbolic of how God wants to make places in our flesh for the Word to make "new Nazareths and new Bethlehems."en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Sunday, December 19, 1999: 4th week in Advent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitDeglman Center for Ignatian Spiritualityen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGillick, Lawrence D., S.J.en_US 4en_US
dc.subject.local12 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 16:25-27en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 1:26-38en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ben_US

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