The fourth Sunday is about obedience. Through Advent we prepared, we repented, and we’ve rejoiced. Now is the time to be faithful to what the Lord has entrusted to us. To make use of what he has given, to be obedient to him; for our own sakes and for the sakes of others. Our obedience has an impact, it matters. God wants to partner with us. God is worthy of our trust and with God our obedience matters. Looking at St Joseph and Our Lady, we see Mary giving her yes to God through the angel. Because of her yes, Jesus was born to us and was able to give his life for us on the cross. Her obedience mattered. And Joseph says yes to the Lord to take Mary as his wife and because of that yes Jesus would come from the line of David and fulfil the prophesy. He was also a great protector of Jesus in raising him. His obedience mattered and our obedience matters too. What is God putting on your hearts? What is He asking you to be obedient to? We know our general call to obedience but what is God speaking to you individually in your heart? By the power of the Holy Spirit he prompts us to do His will and to do great things. It is for us to be aware of His promptings and to say yes and to be obedient. Obedience matters. Through Christ we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among the Gentiles for the sake of His name! You matter to God and He does indeed want to partner with us to accomplish His plans and his purposes. I don’t know if we are ever ready or equipped for this. I wonder how Mary felt? Or Joseph? Or the many canonized saints of the Church? Or the many holy people in our own lives? What binds them all together is that they said yes Lord I am willing. The Lord can use that. Obedience matters. Let’s renew our yes to God; each and everyone of us.
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