Homily for Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent Year A
Theme: With God all things are possible
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Friday December 20 2019
Fifth Day of Simbang Gabi, December 20, 2016 (Lk. 1:26-38)
In today’s Gospel Mary was confronted with an impossible situation. She was to be with child but she has no husband. The angel Gabriel revealed to her the Good News that she will be the mother of the Son of God, the Messiah they were all waiting for as was promised of old. Though full of grace, she dared to ask how can it be? The answer was equally unbelievable. The Holy Spirit will come upon her and overshadow her. Knowing her predicament, the angel told her of the pregnancy of her cousin Elizabeth who was barren and advanced in age like her husband Zacharias. Mary was assured that nothing is impossible with God.
Indeed nothing is impossible with God. Impossibility is only applicable to men who are limited. There are just things that are beyond human capacity. There are temporary impossibilities until discoveries are made. There was a time when it was deemed impossible to travel to the moon, transplant a heart from one person to another, communicate seeing the person in another line, etc., until discoveries were made. But there are things which absolutely impossible for human beings to do. But not with God. And it involves faith!
When Jesus was asked who He was. His answer was divine; the lame walk, blind see, deaf hear, mute speak, etc. More than once He brought to life the dead. To top it all, He Himself died and resurrected. Many doubted these miracles. Explanations were given. But for the Christians, they were essential miracles. The impossible is possible with God and faith in Him. It was not a surprise that in all of these miracles Jesus asked them if they believe or Jesus would simply acknowledge their faith by telling them, “Your faith has saved you!”
Now we understood how Mary came to accept the angel Gabriel’s revelation. Mary was full of grace and has deep faith. She had doubt, no doubt. But her faith, knowing it was the will of God prevailed and dominated. That spelled the difference between her and her community and even with Joseph for a brief moment. Later, Joseph recognized God’s presence and will. Being a just man, his faith came forward and joined Mary in fulfilling the will of God and God’s plan of salvation.
On a more relevant matter. While attending a conference on fighting climate change in the United Nations, a report was given by a group of scientists regarding the dire situation of the earth due to environmental degradation. They concluded that no matter what we human beings do, we cannot anymore halt the devastations if climate change in the near future. Many were alarmed. During the break, the delegate from Iraq approached me. I was then representing the Vatican, an observer state. He asked me, “Hello! You are a man of God. What can you say about the report? The earth is doomed!” I was surprised but immediately collected myself and found myself quoting the angel Gabriel. I said, “Well, with man it is impossible. But with us Christians, we believe in God. And with our God, nothing is impossible!” He nodded and silently left me.
What the angel told Mary does not only apply to her conception of Jesus and the saving of the environment. It applies to all life situations beyond our human capacity. God is omniscient and omnipotent! Have faith.