Let’s face it, no matter how much you did to prepare, the next two days promise to be crazy. So, the reflections are short, in recognition of the realities of life. I pray that we will ponder these words of the Gospel throughout our busy days today, tomorrow, and every day to come!
Dec. 24 (Person – Jesus, Symbol – Manger)
“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Read Luke 2:1-20
Reflection: We started our Jesse Tree 24 days ago. We read about how God created the world, Adam and Eve’s first sin, and God’s covenant promises to Abraham. Those promises were land, a kingdom, and worldwide blessing. This whole story that we’ve been reading for the past few weeks leads up to this point. God has given us an everlasting kingdom – the Kingdom of Heaven – and he has given us worldwide blessing, through Jesus Christ!
Just as Mary “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart,” let us always remember in our hearts that God gave us Jesus Christ to save the world.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you so much for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. Please help us to keep all these things in our hearts, so that they may guide our every thought, word, and action.
Dec. 25 (Person – Christ, Symbol – Chi Rho Symbol)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16
John 1:1-18, 3:16
Reflection: Christ is born! Hallelujah!
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you again for the greatest gift of all – your Son, Jesus Christ. Sweet Jesus, we thank you for coming to us and for providing your great light in our darkness. Please help us to always know, love, and serve you, so that, through your love, we may be a light shining in the darkness. Christ is born! Hallellujah!