Gospel Reflection — Luke 2:15-20
What are you doing with Jesus? Are you still rejoicing and praising God for the great gift of his Son? Since before the advent of time itself, God had a divine plan for the redemption of the world. That plan finds its culmination in the virgin birth of Jesus, His sinless life, suffering, dying on the cross and rising to new life.
Praise him, praise his Holy Name. Rejoice that both Mary and Joseph said YES to this miraculous event.
Now , if you haven’t done so already, it is time to make a decision for Christ and invite this miracle into your own life. Jesus didn’t come into the world to be the focal point for a secular, seasonal holiday, but to become the savior of everyone who is seeking him, and willing to begin a life-changing journey.
As Joseph and Mary journeyed to Bethlehem, God is calling each of us to make a spiritual journey. This journey begins with a leap of faith — Like Mary, a simple fiat or yes, is the first step into the sacramental life of the Church. It does not matter where you are in your life, each of us needs to recognize that our individual sins are separating us from a loving God. Belief, baptism, and a commitment to leading a life that is pleasing to God — doing the “will of the Father” is the entire focus of the Gospel message.
This is the TRUE reason for the Christmas Season
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 were 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.