December 28, 2019
Have you ever wondered why the Holy Family did not have it easier? After all, the parents were a couple trying to do what was right. Even more, they were carrying out what God had asked of them. And the child is the Son of God, Savior of humanity, King of kings….
What if they had lived in a royal palace and had everything their way?
Then most of us would not relate to them.
On the contrary, they dealt with uncertainties, worries, anxieties, dangers, and suffering. For sure, they also had moments of joy and excitement of family life, of having and raising a child. The parents cared for each other and did all they could to protect their child. These we can relate to.
Moreover, in the Incarnation, the Son of God lives in a human family. Now, in our families we find God and holiness in its moments of joy, excitement, and love, with its uncertainties, worries, anxieties, dangers, and sufferings.
Thus, by living in a human family, the Incarnate Son of God makes holy all human families.
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December 21, 2019
Jesus and Emmanuel
Matthew reports the two names of the child to be born by Mary.
With these names, his identity and mission are revealed. He is Jesus (meaning “God saves”) “because he will save his people from their sins.” And He is Emmanuel, “God is with us.”
Looking into ourselves and the world around us, we know that we cannot save ourselves.
But this Jesus is not the type of a trouble-shooter or superhero who only shows up when there are troubles. Matthew would later end his Gospel with the Risen Jesus’ last words to the disciples, “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (28:20).
As we are about to celebrate Christmas, may we grow in appreciation and love for Jesus who saves us and who is with us always.
And may we share this divine presence, not just presents, with others.
December 14, 2019
Are You the One?
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
John the Baptist asked that question, and he got an answer.
How about us?
We might say we believe that Jesus is the one Savior, but do we really? Or do we still look for safety in other people and things?
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