Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26/ Luke 1:26-38, 46-55
God’s Love Incarnate
Today, I would like to start our reflection with mother’s love. Yes, there are some terrible mothers out there, but I’d like to believe that majority of mothers deeply love their children and would do anything to give them what they need. I personally grew up thinking of God as a mother because my mother felt like the loving and caring parent I learned about God.
In one anecdote that comes into my mind, when I was a child and came home after playing outdoors in the winter, she would warm my frozen feet by putting them on her warm belly. We can imagine how cold and unpleasant it must have been for her! For me, that is a perfect example of a mother’s love. There are also a lot of movies, TV shows, or literary works in which we can witness great love of mothers, but I won’t mention them.
If we believe that Jesus is the incarnate of God’s love, in his birth story, his mother should be, not only mentioned, but also honoured, because mother’s love is the closest thing to God’s love on earth. And, that is why today’s focus is Mary, mother of Jesus because the theme for the 4th Sunday of Advent is love.
The reason why Mary is important, not only to the Christmas story, but also to the Christian faith in general, is because she said yes to God in the most difficult circumstance, becoming the role model for Christian obedience, and also because she gave birth to God’s love in a human form.
Mary and Jesus: God’s Love Incarnate
Mary’s Song of Praise, also known as the Magnificat, sings of what God’s reign is about, the subversive nature of her son’s future ministry, and God’s radical hospitality and love. God’s love is radical because it includes those that we humans perceive as unacceptable and unlovable. It is also subversive because in God’s reign, “the first will be last and the last will be first” as we learned from Jesus.
This is the God that scatters the proud, brings down the powerful from their thrones, fills the hungry with good things, and lifts up the lowly. These are the examples of God’s love based on justice. Jesus is the embodiment of this love. Mary is the embodiment of this love for giving birth to this love. They are both God’s love incarnate.
Become the Embodiment of God’s love
As we approach Christmas, I would like to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, which is the love of God’s reign that is based on justice. As we celebrate this love for us and rejoice, we should also remember that we are called to be the embodiment of this love, following Jesus’ examples. The Good News of Jesus is good news to all the lowly and marginalized people.
Therefore, let us sing of God’s steadfast love with the psalmist. Let us thank God for being our loving Parent and the Rock of our salvation. Let the joy and hope of Christmas reach our local and global siblings as we become the embodiment of God’s love that we learned from Jesus. It is our turn to become God’s love incarnate.