(Fourth Sunday of Advent).
Sunday, December 24, 2017.

Our human experience shows us that our best fruits are the product of our best efforts. Mary teaches us to be as fruitful as she is by becoming “the handmaid of the Lord” (Luke 1:38) in order to give humanity the fruit of her womb: Jesus. She makes it possible for God to become man. Our fruits must be like Mary’s so we may bring God to the world.
How can a human being bring forth God to the world?
This might seem impossible at first. For even Mary, herself, needed to ask the question: “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” (Luke 1:34). This question is not an expression of doubt concerning the power of God, but rather it is recognition of our human limitations.
Let us ask the same question with different words: How can it be possible for a human being to bring the God of absolute goodness, righteousness and compassion to a world plagued by evil and destruction? This might seem to be impossible. But then comes the answer: “Nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37).
This is the hope and the reality Mary gives us, as the fruit of her womb; this is the hope and the reality we must give to the world, as the fruit of our whole being.
Yes, we need strength in order to bring the God of liberation to the world: “[God] can strengthen you, according to [the] gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ . . . made known to all nations” (Romans 16:25-26).
Mary listened to the voice of God and gave her consent.
Like Mary, we must listen to the voice of God asking us to bring forth to the world the fruit of liberation. Then we must be willing to make our best efforts in order for God to do his will through us.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).