During this Advent season, we anticipate and focus on the coming of Jesus among us and in the world. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, in the reading from Luke, God keeps the promise made to David to give him an everlasting throne. The angel Gabriel tells Mary that God will give David’s throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, “Count me in.” We, who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed, still find it a mystery, hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, “Count us in.” When God calls on us, how will you respond?