Reflection 24th December 2017  

A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Luke 1-26-38 (  )

It's Christmas Eve and people's thoughts turn to home. Roads, airports, ferry ports, train and bus stations are all jammed with people wanting to make it "home for Christmas". Most of my best memories of Christmas are steeped in the sights, sounds and smells of home. Ironically, that is particularly true of one Christmas that I did not spend at home because I was in the US. I had no family connections there so an American friend and I decided to make a road trip through the mid-west. It meant that on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day we simply drove. And that's how on December 25th I found myself somewhere between St. Louis and Louisville in an American Diner eating a Turkey Burger for dinner! I thought a lot about home that day!

The Scriptures for today have a home focus, but from God's perspective. Young king David, flushed with military and political success, decides to build a house for God, something fitting and splendid, but God is having none of it! While in the Gospel by contrast, a young woman from Nazareth is asked if she would make a home for God; she simply responds, "Let it be as you have said."

These two snapshots sum up neatly the difference between what we think we can do for God and what God wants to do for us. The dwelling he seeks is not bricks and mortar but a place in our hearts.

Meister Eckhart ( ) put it this way: “We are all meant to be mothers of God... for God is always needing to be born." This is what openness to the Spirit is all about.

Mr. Seán Goan – Seán is the Coordinator of Spiritan Mission Animation Ireland.