4th Sunday of Advent

When some banks in America started to collapse, the politicians around the world frantically started looking for any good solutions to save the economy. Plans were made; some good, some not so good. Some of them helped, some of them failed. The overall was not particularly pleasant, but maybe it could have been worse without those plans? We’ll never find out. Planning is an important element of our lives. We try to think in advance about holidays, forthcoming events like birthdays or wedding parties. Planning is a basic requirement for education, business, even a parish. Spontaneous people can be very good companions at a party, but in ordinary life we prefer ordered individuals. On the other hand, a person without a sparkle of spontaneity can be boring and difficult in the long-term. So, we can say that a little disorder is like seasoning for life.

Sometimes our perfect plans might be ruined by unexpected situations or circumstances. Traffic jams, weather or sickness can render our plans fruitless. Sometimes one wrong decision can have an enormous fatal impact on our whole life. Some problems are caused by us ourselves, but some of them come despite our efforts to prevent them.

Today’s readings tell us about people’s plans. King David wants to build a temple for God. St Paul is going to preach the gospel to the pagans. Mary begins her adult life and thinks about the future. All of these people have plans. They are very similar to us, they are like us. There is one more element common to these three persons: they try to recognize, what God’s plan is for their lives. And going further, they modify their intentions and start to follow God’s agenda. We can admire them, but the question is: “am I ready to modify my own plan and let God interfere or even to change my plans?” I’m afraid a positive reply may not be as certain as we might think…

Let’s look carefully at the consequences for king David and Mary. The king received a promise concerning the future of his dynasty. But this promise went beyond his lifetime! He would not see, how the promise was fulfilled, and he would not remain a visible sign of power and authority. He left the earth believing in God’s promise, but not seeing the result. And now look at Mary. She was a young girl in a very oppressive society. She became pregnant before having a husband, she was just betrothed to Joseph. The ordinary consequence of her condition was stoning – which does not encourage motivation. King David and Mary decided to act according to God’s will, because they believed Him. What was the source of their trust? They were people of great prayer. They knew God’s love for them, they were sure that God’s plan was the best for their lives.

In a few days we will celebrate the coming of Christ, his incarnation – coming into the body. Will we let him come into our lives?