December 14, 2008
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came to bear witness to the light … the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1:6-9)
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks … (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Last week we read about John the Baptist from the Gospel of Mark. This week we read about John in the Gospel of John. Both Gospels have a similar point about John the Baptist’s life — his message was about Jesus. He pointed to Jesus and readied people to receive Jesus. In John’s gospel, Jesus is called light. Jesus came into our world to light it up, we could say. As you see Christmas lights all around you, inside and outside houses and elsewhere, may they remind you of Jesus, the Light of the world and of the universe.
We who are baptized are filled with Jesus the Light. Jesus is the source of our happiness. Our lives are a prayer if we do what Jesus would do and can do through us.
This week write down the reasons you are happy, and for what and for whom you are grateful. If you keep a diary, write your thoughts in your diary. Choose someone who makes you happy and thankful and tell that person. Choose another person who needs some Good News (the word “Gospel” means “Good News”) and share the Light of Jesus with that person. In some way, let that person know that God loves and cares for him or her. This can be easy; just show the person God’s care through your care. Finally, don’t forget to keep working on those earth-friendly Christmas presents.