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RECOGNIZING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

“The reason the world does not recognize us is that it never recognized the Son.” –1 John 3:1, NAB If we don’t recognize Christ, we don’t recognize Christians, Christmas, and other dimensions of Christianity. If we don’t recognize Christ, we don’t recognize the only Way to God the Father and Truth Himself (Jn 14:6). Thus we would deprive ourselves of Life (Jn 14:6). Yet, we have difficulty recognizing Christ. Even St. John the Baptist, whose purpose in life was to prepare for Christ’s coming, did not recognize Christ for some time (Jn 1:31, 33). How then can we recognize Christ,...

REMAIN WITH JESUS (SEE MK 14:34)

“Remain in [Jesus].” –1 John 2:27 During Advent, we opened our hearts to be ready to receive Jesus. We grew ever closer to Him. After the world-changing, calendar-defining, cosmos-altering birth of Jesus, we flocked to Church to receive Jesus in a deeper way at Christmas. Now it is more than a week past Christmas. Numerous people are packing away the ornaments and taking down the Christmas tree, even though the Christmas season still has another week liturgically. Today’s first reading from 1 John challenges us to “remain in” Jesus (1 Jn 2:27) rather than packing Him away until next Advent....

SILENT NIGHT

“Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart.” –Luke 2:19 The world begins the year with noisemakers, fireworks, and cacophony. The Church begins the year at the manger with Mary, treasuring “all these things” and “reflecting on them in her heart.” The world begins the year with a noisy night; we Christians begin with “silent night.” That which begins with a bang often ends in “dead silence.” That which begins in “live silence” often ends in a bang, which changes the world. The Lord commands us, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10,...

OIL CHANGE

“You have the anointing.” –1 John 2:20 The word “Christ” means “Anointed One,” the Greek translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah.” Therefore, by calling ourselves “Christians,” we call ourselves “anointed ones.” Moreover, the word “Christmas” means “the Mass of the Anointed One.” The word “antichrist” means “against the Anointed One.” Thus, the idea of anointing is very dominant in Christianity or, we could say, in “the way of the Anointed.” The heart of following Christ, “the Anointed One,” is to “have the anointing that comes from the Holy One” (1 Jn 2:20). “The anointing” we “received from Him” must remain...

LIFE IS A …

“On the third day they came upon Him in the temple.” –Luke 2:46 Shakespeare said the world is a stage and we are all players in the theater of life. Others say life is a party or game. Job said life was a drudgery (Jb 7:1). The Lord reveals to us that life is a Passover (see Lk 2:41) – a communal celebration of our God-given freedom from slavery. Life is not just a nostalgic look at Passovers past, but a living of Passover present. Life is losing Christ for three days (see Lk 2:46), being crucified and buried with...

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