Sunday, December 21, 2014, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent in the liturgical year B. It is the last Sunday of Advent. The entrance antiphon of this day’s Mass says: “Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Saviour. Amen.” The general mood of the liturgy is already pointing to Christmas. The Church picks one of the greatest Old Testament passages from Second Samuel as the first reading of this day. The sacred author is inspired by the divine promise that the dynasty of David would continue forever, especially as the prophecies are already announcing that the Messiah would be of David’s stock. In the second reading from Romans, Saint Paul says that God commanded the Good News of Christ to be preached not just that men might hear about him, but so that they would accept Christ’s saving work by personal commitment and submission. The Gospel of Saint Luke shows that the most important as well as the most hidden of all the figures who prepare for Christ is Mary, our Lady. Through her obedience and submission to the will of the Father, the Messiah the prophets had been announcing for centuries is coming into the world. In the course of this Eucharist, let us pray for the grace to follow Mary’s example of obedience to God’s call on us to take his word of salvation to our society.