December 14

Reflection

As we move through Advent we remember that Christmas is not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus, it is also the expectation that each of us will bring his presence into our world. We cannot just wrap our gifts and share them with special people on Christmas day.  Rather, the gifts of love, compassion, and the gospel of Jesus are ours to bring into the world each day. Christmas is a beginning. Our commitment is to live as he did and infuse that spirit into our world.

Prayer

Come Emmanuel

Action

What are the gospel gifts you can bring to the world?  How specifically can you do this?

Suggested Reading

The Spirit of the God is upon me, for I have been anointed to bring good news to the poor. I have been sent to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.
Isaiah 61:1

A baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Christ, is not a good Christian.
Pope Francis

Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.
Pope Paul VI

We must all try to be preachers through our deeds.
Saint Teresa of Ávila

We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.
Saint Francis of Assisi

The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.
John Calvin

The world needs to see Christians burning, not with self-righteous fury at the sliding morals in our country, but with passion for God.
Kevin DeYoung

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