From: Mary Zimmerman
We’ve been inviting Jesus now for quite some time (Advent), Come Lord Jesus Come, now He returns the favor with an unending invitation to come to Him. Remember He first loved us as He became one of us, born of a Virgin. In fact today we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Many years ago this was declared dogma of the Catholic Church; we should all believe this to be the truth.
Jesus asks us to visit Him in His house - church. However, marching off to church every Sunday or even daily won’t necessarily give you a ticket to heaven. Nor will making 1,000 pies, yet if I had the right motive (to help people) I do think it was worth some points at least, wouldn’t you say?
If God uses that system to grade us, attending church will gain us a lot of credits, most especially if you are humble enough to open your ears to hear God’s word. Then open your mouth to speak it and practice it. Feed the poor, clothe the naked, etc. That always seems to speak to me.
God always invites us to live in harmony. Why is it we are so quick to judge if someone is a little less than perfect, or perhaps their skin is a different color than ours. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, and we all walked away.
Jesus was born and died for all mankind. All too soon (Lent) He will invite us to the foot of the cross where He will relate just how very much He loves mankind, as He stretches out His arms to be nailed to the cross, for each of us. Now He leaves us with the following prayer:
Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet
with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands
with which Christ blesses the world.
Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila
But for now, Jesus invites us to come in mind and heart to the stable in Bethlehem where Jesus was born 2,000 years ago. Teach the Christmas story to your children. Jesus wants us to celebrate this spiritually as we shout out, “Joy to the World” - because He was born on a “Silent Night” in a small town, “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.” “Come Let Us Adore Him” let us rejoice “Jingle Bells” for Christ is born. Merry Christmas.
P.S. I send all my love and prayers to my dear family, those around me and those in heaven. We miss you, Duane, and to all my faithful readers, I love you, may God bless you all.
P.S.S. Happy birthday Eli (our grandson) one year old on Christmas Day. You are such a sweetheart. He is such a happy little boy, what a joy. He is already walking and trying hard to say Dad.