Mary was given a choice. The world waited for her answer. She could have refused to allow God’s plan to work through her, but Mary was open to the Word of God. She allowed to Word to enter her and transform her from a simple person to the mother of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, to the Queen of the Universe. She was open to the Word of God, and the Word of God used her to transform the world. The what of Jesus, what is he, is human and divine, two natures. But the who of Jesus, who is he, is always the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Mary said “Yes!” to the Word in her ear and became the Mother of God.
That same Word of God whispers into our ears, yours and mine. He calls us to continue the transformation of the world. He calls us to make the Savior real to those who long for his presence. Will we reject the Word and force Him to look for another ear? Will we obey grudgingly and limit His action through us? Or will we make a decision for the Lord, and offer ourselves totally to God?
We are here because we have chosen Jesus Christ. We recognize our humanity, our weakness, and we seek strength to remain faithful to this choice. Mary’s great virtue was her obedience.
The Word of God whispers into our ears and calls upon us to bring this Divine Presence within us to others. We do this by standing up for our faith. We do this by searching out for those who need His Strength. So many people hurt at Christmas time. People who have lost loved ones need special attention. People who are wandering the world listlessly, from thing to thing, need special care. People who are sick and elderly and wondering if this will be their last Christmas, need the assurance that God’s love will usher them an eternal Christmas.
The Word of God whispered into Mary’s ear, and she conceived. The Word of God is shouting into our ears, and we are transforming the world with His Presence.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace. Because you let God work within you, we have become the Masterpiece of His Hand ■
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum located on the eastern edge of Central Park, along what is known as Museum Mile in New York City, USA. It has a permanent collection containing more than two million works of art, divided into nineteen curatorial departments The main building, often referred to simply as "the Met," is one of the world's largest art galleries, and has a much smaller second location in Upper Manhattan, at "The Cloisters," which features medieval art. You also must visit: http://www.metmuseum.org
 Sunday 21st December, 2008, 4th Sunday of Advent. Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord—Ps 88(89): 2-5, 27, 29. Romans 16:25-27. Luke 1:26-38 [St Peter Canisius].