December 17th

December 17th

     “How is it going?” “Oh, I’m plugging along.”              
     Christians do not “plug-along”. Christians thrive because the spirit of the Living God is not only within them, God guides them. For that reason, St. Paul, in the Letter to the Thessalonians says, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.”            
     In John’s Gospel, we hear once again, of St. John the Baptist. In the verses that precede our reading, the Evangelist tells us that Jesus is the Light for the human race. When the Baptist speaks, he announces that he was not the light, but came to testify to the light.            
     The Gospel also tells us that Jesus is the “Word.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   All things came to be through Him [the Word.] St. John the Baptist understood that he was not the Word; he was the “voice.”            
     On this Sunday of rejoicing, there is much for us to be celebrating and much to be praying for. God is at work in each of our lives as long as we choose not to “quench the Spirit”, that is, stop the Spirit.            
     The invitation for our growth in the Light and Word. How can we better testify to the Light? Moreover, how can our lips voice the Word?              
    
O Lord, Word of God, Light of the Human Race. You, whose glory is complete. You came to us in perfect humility as a little baby, born in the cold of night. We look upon you now with all the tenderness and humility we can muster as we think of the way Your Holy Mother and St. Joseph looked upon you in the manger. Your love for us and humility is unsurpassed and brings us to our knees in prayer and worship. Your incarnation forever changed us and our world. Help us to rejoice always, to testify to Your Light and to give our voice to Your Word.  All Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and forever shall be, world without end.   Amen.