For the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Church asks us to juxtapose stories of David and Mary. David decides that he wants to build a temple for the Lord, but God does not favor his plan; Mary hears what God wants to do through her, and she acquiesces. It is always a matter of following the promptings of the divine will and not our own desires, even when we are convinced that those desires are good and holy. Thomas Merton said, “Lord, the fact that I think I’m following your will doesn’t mean that I am in fact doing so…” That acknowledgement takes great humility and spiritual perception.
David and Mary
Cycle BAdventWeek 4
by Bishop Robert BarronDecember 18, 2005
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