I will pray the Creed in front of a manger scene today and make a special effort to talk about God’s providence in my conversations with others
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20:1a and 2-8
Lord, today I am reminded of the intensity of love that you stir in the hearts of your
followers. I want to be your follower today. I believe that you love me. I believe that you have
overcome sin and death. I believe that you walk with me.
Lord, give me the joy of discovering youhelp me to discover you joyfully as St. John
1. Eager: St. John had been
enthused by Christ from the very beginning. Early on, Christ had won his heart. In his Gospel, John
would record many things about Christ in a very personal way, giving us special insights into
Christ. Christ allowed him into his heart, and John’s faith gave him reason to hope in the
Resurrection. That is why he runs with such eagerness to the tomb. He does not yet know that Christ
is risen, but he wants to know. He wants to be where Christ is. Am I eager to be with Christ? This
time of Christmas is a special time in which I can naturally feel attracted to Christ. Do I take
advantage of this grace and try to dialogue converse more with him?
2. Fast: No hesitation Get there as quickly as possible. John knows where he has to
go. Nothing else is as important. He does not let anything get in the way. A saint lives his life
quickly, even if his years are long. He lives it quickly because he lives each day, each moment,
intensely for Christ and souls. He lives his prayer life intensely —-- in spite of the natural
fatigue and moments of dryness —-- because he knows the time spent in prayer is the most important
moment of the day. A saint lives his service to his family and others with the intensity of love.
Rather than tiring him, love brings him closer to God. Am I afraid to love and live with
3. Believing: John was rewarded for his faith.
His Lord is alive! No amount of cruelty and evil—, not even death itself—, can defeat his Lord. John
teaches us to believe in Christ, to discover with joy the signs of his presence. Am I using this
Christmas season to reaffirm my faith in Christ’s presence in the world? Do I cultivate a
supernatural outlook in the things I do, in the way I deal with those around me? Do I build up
confidence in Christ’s victory in souls and discover the signs of that victory?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, thank you for St. John’s
faith. He was close to your heart. Help me to place my heart in your heart. I want to run to you,
Lord, throughout the ups- and- downs of my life, the good times and the bad, of my life. Today I
will stay close to you in my heart. Stay close to me also.
I will pray the Creed in front of a manger scene today and make a special effort to
talk about God’s providence in my conversations with others.