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Baptized “into Christ,” we become part of Christ’s life instead of our own self-made lives, as if we are living under an assumed identity. But actually our self-made identity is the false one. Baptism proclaims our true identity: we are God’s beloved.
Imagine the magi as they followed that star: single-mindedly, with perseverance, enduring sacrifice and opposition. Follow the light of Christ with that kind of devotion.
Anna and Simeon had different styles and spiritual disciplines, but they both were watching for the holy, and ready to greet the miraculous in the Christ child. Our calling is to watch for the holy in everyone, and honor it.
As we meditate, line by line, on Mary’s song of praise called the “Magnificat,” we listen for God: how is God present in your life? How are you a part of God’s healing of the world? How is Christ being born in you?
We live by hope: not wishful thinking, but trust because we know that the future is already present. This hope energizes us to work for healing and justice even when it looks like a lost cause.
Our preparations for the coming of Christ require us to actually get up and leave the place where we are and go on a new journey, without knowing our destination, but led only by God’s promise.
Though we usually want to be distracted from our deepest longings, they are actually the heart of our faith. We live by hope: trust in a promise of something deeper yet to come, that, even though it may feel like a “lack,” is actually a strength that gives us life and opens us to God.
What does the term “Jesus the King” say to you?
Jesus’ kingship is not about privileges and status. The Servant King was showing us that there are so many powerful forces better than authorities, such as love, caring, or forgiveness.