As Christians, Jesus is the foundation of our faith. When we take our eyes off of him and his way of peace and love, we are susceptible to follow other leaders and ideologies that seek to divide and destroy, such as what happened at the Capitol on January 6.
When Jesus was a baby, his family fled to Egypt as refugees because of King Herod’s threat upon his life. Like Herod, we all are tempted to old onto power and use it for our own gain, even at the expense of others. Instead, we called to follow Jesus’ model of power through humility, servant-hood and sacrifice.
The elderly Simeon and Anna had the eyes to see God’s salvation when the baby Jesus was presented in the temple. Can we see opportunities for salvation in our everyday experiences?
Is there room for Jesus to come into a heart that is cluttered with skepticism, or bitterness, or weariness or disappointment? Let every heart prepare him room!
Mary’s Magnificat shows us how God helps humble people to find their voice in order to proclaim the message of God’s salvation to the world.
In the midst of a pandemic year, can we heed the Apostle Paul’s words to “rejoice always?”. It is possible if we remember that Jesus is near and that nothing can separate us from his love.
John the Baptist calls people to repent and prepare the way for the coming of Jesus.
The Prophet Isaiah offers us a model to get ready for the coming of Jesus the Messiah: P-R-A-Y: Pour out our heart to God; Remember God’s faithfulness in the past; Acknowledge our sin before God; Yield and surrender control to God, putting our life in His hands—God is the potter, and we are the clay.
The parable of the last judgment reminds us that the true test of being a Christian is by showing love to those who are in need. Where love is shown, God is present, because God is love.
The parable of the ten virgins calls us to be prepared for life in God’s Kingdom, which is a future hope “not yet”, but is also “already”, a present reality in which we prepare by becoming more faithful followers of Jesus.