Do you remember your baptism? It is an invitation and a claim on your identity. Recall Jesus’ baptism, and remember your own.
The Grinch saw the Whos down in Who-Ville decorating, singing, and cooking, but thought their merriment was a sham. Perhaps we should question our own nonsensical over-indulgence in the season.
The invitation to Christ’s Table is not simply an invitation to encounter the real presence of Christ, it’s an invitation to become the embodiment of Christ for the world.
Jesus doesn’t sugar coat the call to faithfulness. He really expects us to sell our possessions and give the money to the poor. What does this mean for faithful disciples today?
Easter is not a call to return to the way things were. It is a reminder that in Christ’s resurrection, God’s love wins out over death. It is an invitation to see ourselves redeemed in the reflection of God’s grace, as we hear our name called by the risen Lord, that we may go forth to share the good news, that Christ the Lord is risen today!
We are so quick to point out the faults in others, especially as it gives us a beneficial leg-up or increase in personal well-being. But Jesus refuses to engage with those who skew the Biblical word for personal gain. On which side of the proverbial line in the sand do you stand?
Jesus is God’s material gift to humanity even still today. What if we used this giving model for our giving to others at Christmas?
Beloved, we are children of God. Let us claim the identity we have been given, and faithfully commit to follow in the footsteps of the saints who have shown us the way to live as God’s beloved.
Christ invites us to change our model of living from an exchange model, based on a mentality of scarcity, to a Eucharistic model, that says as a member of the body of Christ I will give freely as I have gifts and receive freely as I have needs.
Whether you have found yourself in a role similar to the religious elite, addicted to lure of power and ‘rightness,’ or you have found yourself in the shoes of the condemned, addicted to sinful joys, like that of physical desire, Jesus says you are given new life and a new hope in the love of God.