Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on December 25, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it 932f97ebd783405065f55aaf8de6fbd6_w600were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Reflection on the gospel reading: God has come as a baby into this wounded and messy world. God has chosen to enter our hurting world with all its injuries, fears, and refusal to love. We celebrate the day with gauzy visions of magic and elves, but at its root, Christmas is no story about fairies lodged in a garden. The good news God invites us to carry with us is that God became one of us, one just like us with occasional bouts of the runs and the recurring need of a bath. He came as an infant–vulnerable, weak, and defenseless. And yet through his defenselessness, his message has spread to every corner of the world in a way that this day in some way touches almost every Christian and non-Christian life on the planet.

Christmas promises us that despite every adversity and each trial, God is with us. And that all shall be well. And that everything shall be well. And that every manner of thing shall be well. We praise God that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Merry Christmas from my heart to yours.

Spiritual reading: Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. (Thomas Merton)


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