These readings today are good reminders that the message of the justice, love and mercy of God will always prevail, even as it, at times, makes us uncomfortable and challenges us and others to be better witnesses to that very good news! And isn’t that what Lent is all about?
Anyone who would exercise leadership in the church – whether a volunteer, a lay ecclesial minister, an ordained deacon, priest, bishop or pope – must be held to the model and example laid out by Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
40 days after Christmas and always some months before Easter, we are reminded in this ‘in-between time’ that Christ is the light that, day-to-day, helps us see one another in love.
As followers of the Christ, whom the Gospel reminds us will be a sign that will be contradicted, our experience of Christmas reminds us that we, like him, must take our stand on love – in our personal lives, in our churches and in our society.
Three days before Christmas, we are reminded that in the depths of our hearts, in the broken places of our lives, in the hurting parts of our communities and our world: God is coming, ready to be born anew in all of us and to come to the help of those who least expect it.