Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. - Mt. 1:23-24
Will I rely on myself or am I going to take that risk in being led to be fully human? Will I trust the unfolding of God’s dreams for me?
"Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth…" - Jdt. 13:18
Today we celebrate one of the holiest days of the year for all of the Americas. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a story of how God acted in a people’s history to bring light in a time of great darkness.
“Lord, let us see your face and we shall be saved.” – Ps. 80:4
I often wonder what it would be like to finally see God face to face. Is that too audacious of me? Would I dare to look directly at my Lord, or would I cower and say as St. Peter, “Leave me Lord for I am a sinful man.”
"A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him." - Isaiah 11:1-2
Any growth in life begins small. A seed blossoms into a tree. A fetus the size of a pea becomes a child. A conversation of heart begins with the realization that change is needed. Our salvation comes from something small, tender, and vulnerable, something hardly noticeable. God, who is the Creator of the Universe, comes to us in smallness, weakness, and hiddenness.
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” – Mt 8:8
The miracle in today’s Gospel is unusual for two reasons. The healing took place without Jesus being physically present. The servant did not even have to hear Jesus speak the word. It was enough for Jesus to say the word.
“Now is the moment for you to wake from sleep.” – Rom 13:11
Advent snuck up again. As we’re barely digesting our Thanksgiving meals, running after Black Friday deals, traveling back from visiting friends and relatives, Advent comes. Advent is meant to be a time of preparation for Christmas. Yet, for many of us, it’s a not exactly a time to prepare in a way that enables Christ to be born more deeply in our lives.