The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” John 1: 35-36
We have entered the Holy Time we call Ordinary, meaning numbered time. This is the time between and after the Holy Seasons of Christmas and Easter. Today we have the example of St. John the Baptist. He gives us a wonderful example of humility that we must use to be real disciples of Jesus. St. John had a tremendous Ministry and he would let it go because life is found in Jesus.
If we follow St. John, we would not let ourselves get in the way of pointing people to Our Lord!
These are challenging times, may we be humble like St. John the Baptist and let our lives direct people to Jesus. May our actions be alway acts of love.
I am the Lord, I have called you in to righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
Is 43: 6-7
Today we conclude the Season of Christmas. As all things in 2020, it was not a normal celebration of this Holy Season as much as we have been accustomed to over the years of our lives. This was a season of much more reflection and contemplation. Hopefully it was a season of peace.
Today’s Feast reminds us of who we are who have been baptized into Christ. As Isaiah the Prophet stated above, “I have given you as a covenant to the people”. Baptism has made us other Christs! What an awesome mystery! The Father wants to say about us “Listen to him or her!”
They were overjoyed at seeing the star and entered the house they saw the Child with Mary and prostrated themselves and did Him homage. Mt 2:11
We begin the last part of the Christmas Season. We begin the Epiphany Season. Jesus is made known to the Magi and we join them in meeting Jesus!
Let us put ourselves into that great event of our salvation history. The Magi (aka Kings) followed a star. Their whole lives were given to finding what the star pointed to. They gave their gifts and they received the greatest gift possible: the Creator in an Infant! After this encounter they returned home but they had been forever changed!
May we be forever changed by our encounter this Christmas with the Divine Infant and may our homes be filled with His Light!
And Mary kept these things and reflecting on them in her heart, Luke 2: 19
As we begin this New Year 2021, we have a powerful example to look at and to follow, Mary the Mother of Jesus.
Mary had her life directed my her humble and obedient surrender to the Divine Will. She could not understand everything that she was going through but she took these things into her heart and did what she needed to do.
We too are called to do the Divine Will. Where will that bring us? It will bring us to peace.
Mary’s obedience change the world and brought hope into the world. If we choose to live the Two Great Commandments, love God and love neighbor, regardless of the cost, we will find peace.
The Lord said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke My Name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.” 6:22-27
We begin the New Year 2021 with this great promise of the Lord Almighty: I will bless them!
In Jesus, we have the power to bless each other. And all will receive blessings. The old Year is gone and we are able and blest to say we are around for 2021. We do not know what is in store for us for this New Year but we do know that if we bless one another, we will have a better Year.
Blessings is a Divine Attitude! If we bless everyone, we make the world a better place. Yes, we will encounter people who will be difficult and many hurtful to us and those whom we love, but if we bless them, we participate in the Divine Attitude of Blessing and we remain in peace!
Please do not reture hate for hate! Return hate with a blessing and experience peace.
Let us make this a beautiful Year! Be a blessing and change the world one person at a time.
When they had fulfilled all of the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their town of Nazareth. The Child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom and favor of God was upon Him. Luke 2:39-40
We are still celebrating Christmas Day! On this Christmas Day, 27 December 2020, we meditate on the Holy Family of Nazareth. This Jewish Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, is the role model for the Christian Family. There are many things that we can take from this Family and use in the way that we live.
First, They were faithful to the Divine Word. They did all that they were required to do to live faithful lives.
Second, Mary and Joseph provided a home that was safe so that their Son would grown in strength and wisdom.
Finally, Mary and Joseph probably did not understand all the things that Jesus was doing and saying, but they had total trust in love. Jesus, on His part, was obedient to them.
This year, 2020, has been challenging but the example of the Holy Family will show us how to deal with whatever comes our way.
Let YOUR HEART overflow with JOY. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is a blessing. Center yourself around who God is. Check your actions, words and emotions – align them with God. As you engage with others you can see what you like by the treatment you give others. You were fearfully and wonderfully – made on purpose with a purpose. God’s favor is for a lifetime – filled with many blessings. Renew, restore and refresh. Enjoy all your activities today and everyday and may your heart be filled with God’s peace. Share that PEACE with others and be a blessing. You cannot change yesterday, but you can make today better. You matter and you are loved. Blessings 💙
Enhance your relationship with God. Where would you be without Him?. Reflect on your many gifts: unconditional love, grace and mercy. Celebrate that you are not lacking due to the blessings of life. You are positioned to see heaven if you LIVE a Christ-like life. L(love) I(intentionally) V(victoriously) E(experience the goodness of the Lord). You are an instrument in His Kingdom, created to serve (help transform other’s lives). Draw from the endless possibilities in Christ. Open your heart to God. Operate from a place of overflow. Draw from the waters of God’s love. You matter and you are loved. Blessings 💙
For with God nothing will be impossible. Luke 1:37
Happy 4th Sunday of Advent!
We have almost completed our Advent Journey 2020. The words above from the Archangel Gabriel to Mary are so meaningful. Mary surrendered her life to the Divine and conceived Salvation in our Lord Jesus. Her YES changed the course of human history and with the aid of her husband Joseph, our Salvation would be protected and raised to adulthood and Jesus, their Son, would destroy the power of sin and death. Because of Mary and Joseph, the Teacher, Our Lord Jesus Christ, could teach us, by word and example, what Love is!
We are approaching the Great Feast of the Nativity. This is the Feast when the Almighty became one of us so that we can join the great Love Affair of the Divine. It also reminds us that there is no limit to what God can do in us and through us to heal the world.
Say yes to the Divine One!
Let us recommit ourselves in living Christmas, living Divine Love all of the days of our lives. May we make Heaven come to Earth as we live Jesus in all aspects of our lives! Let us says with great resound, Yes My Lord!