Are We Ready for Him?
Sunday, December 22, 2019
On this last weekend in Advent, our attention focuses on the imminent celebration of the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem.
This year our gospel passage from Matthew draws our attention to Joseph. Joseph found that welcoming the Christ child has vast implications. He found that out at the very beginning. Joseph might be a good symbol of the spiritual challenge we all face in welcoming the birth of Christ into our lives. It disrupted all his plans and his expectations. It required him to rethink his values and his moral standards. He had to accept the word of the God revealed to him by an angel in a dream, even though this contradicted what he had been taught and what the law required.
Being ready for Christmas, requires more than getting the presents wrapped and the tree decorated. Welcoming God into our lives often brings disruption and upheaval.
Perhaps these words from the song entitled “Canticle of the Turning” might help us. Here is the refrain: “My heart shall sing of the day you bring, let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and world is about to turn.”
Joseph’s world was turned upside down by God’s action in his life and in Mary’s. Are you and I ready for Jesus to be born in our lives? May we say ‘yes’ to God’s plan for us.
Celebrate Christmas here at Lourdes by joining us for Mass. Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated at 3 and 5 pm. On Christmas day, Mass will be celebrated at 10 am.
Have a blessed Christmas!