This question is much more easily answered today than it was at the time Jesus walked the Earth. Reflect, today, upon that important question in your own life. If we have the eyes and ears of faith, we will not miss Him day in and day out. Do you proclaim Christ crucified and preach only the deepest wisdom of humility, mercy and sacrifice? Ponder, especially, any mental or emotional weariness. How attentive are you to the voice of God as it has been spoken through the lives of the saints and through our Church? Take, for example, the crucifixion of Jesus. He was the Lamb of God. Are you watchful? His good looks? Why would God do this? But Elizabeth says something quite inspiring at that moment, which elevates the joy of all present, including the joy of Mother Mary. Joy comes from first serving God, loving Him and giving Him the honor due His name. Who do you know who may fall into this category? Few people hear Him speak and fewer respond, and even fewer respond with complete abandonment of their lives. As you think about this mercy of our Lord, consider also the person in your life who is most difficult to love, and recommit to loving them with your whole heart in imitation of our divine Lord. 5 0 obj Give me the courage and wisdom I need to hold nothing back from You and Your divine calling in my life. Was he the Christ? But the Archangel had told Zechariah that the child was to be named John. In other words, those who are filled with pride and self-righteousness are blind to the truth. “Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.” What an amazing reality we celebrate! Reflect upon every word she spoke, being inspired and directed by God. When sleep is difficult and restless, the person can suffer numerous ill effects, especially when a lack of healthy sleep becomes the norm. But too often on Earth, we lose sight of the miraculous action of God in our lives and in the lives of those around us. He says to you, “Come after me…”  This is an invitation that must permeate every aspect of your life. But when a pure love of God is not clearly present, then the next best thing may be a holy fear. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Seek to bring these virtues into your life this day. God wants to use you in exceptionally glorious ways. Imagine her perfect faith, perfect hope and perfect charity. Though all of Advent is a season of preparation, these final days should especially focus upon the great mysteries surrounding the Incarnation and birth of the Christ Child. @�>6�����B���r�� ��!��<�>�Xj9�P �$����S�nZ9�C�H��8+��`�ѐ����tGVq�s=P�:Kv�&묐��|}C�$���I�96�y� ��Xo�����z���w?ַO����M������X����v�\Q�����r�1�,B�^0)YfYb���O��qL/R�����Ƕ�^ �T����T��__Vb.�$DF�Z�6�]Q�*U�����de>���t�_9���?��.�C������?�(�(G���ҩ����К�_4Y�̼�!xPn'�;((���v��*�_1��v}��ޮ��~_u߿s��� Or have you come to know the very Person of Christ our Lord to such an extent that you are able to give witness to Him Who died. Of course, the opposite is also true. It’s somewhat easy to show love and compassion to one who is paralyzed, rejected, and humiliated already. May my love of You become so intense that I find myself trusting You always. To “come after” Jesus is to leave all else behind and to make the act of following our Lord the single purpose of your life. He needed nine months to ponder his wife’s miraculous pregnancy. The first son says he will not go work in the vineyard but changes his mind and goes. My loving Father, I desire to live fully in accord with Your perfect will. Jesus, I trust in You. Jesus, I trust in You. Reflect, today, upon the role of the Holy Spirit in your life this day.

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