ENTHUSIASM IN PROCLAIMING JESUS
WEDNESDAY, CHRISTMAS OCTAVE
Reading 1: 1 Jn 2:12-17 John continues to preach to us about our obligations as Christians, in particular the obligation to be on our guard against worldliness.
Gospel: Lk 2: 36-40 Anna, a prophetess, prayed as hard as Simeon for the Saviour. When she finally sees him, she gives thanks to God and goes out and tells everybody about it.
Christmas is an opportunity to revitalize our enthusiasm in proclaiming to the world that we belong to Christ, to rekindle our missionary spirit, the spirit “to tell about the Child”. Giving witness to Jesus Christ, the son of God is one of the major themes of our Christmas celebrations.
- Why do we light the Christmas star? To tell the world about the presence of the Saviour, who is the true light of the world.
- Why do we make the crib? To tell the world that God is with us in our fragile human form.
- Why do we prepare the Christmas tree? To tell the world that he is our life.
- Why do we send Christmas greetings? To repeat the action of the angels who awaken the sleeping shepherds with the glorious news that their saviour is born.
The role of the angels in the Christmas story was to spread the news about Jesus. After adoring Jesus in the manger, the shepherds went to the city to tell everyone about what they had heard and seen.
In today’s gospel we see an 84 year old woman, taking up the same ministry of spreading the news about Jesus. Take a moment to reflect upon Anna’s enthusiasm to tell others about the son of God. She became the mouthpiece of God to give testimony to his son. God makes use of an 84-year-old widow, who lived alone to give testimony about Jesus. She had no human support; and could have given plenty of excuses to not go forth to the Temple to talk of the divine child. But she becomes another Biblical example of a zealous missionary of the gospel. She became a missionary even before the events of the passion, death, resurrection, ascension and Pentecost.
How enthusiastic are we in telling the world about the Child Jesus? How valuable are our Christmas celebrations from an evangelization perspective?
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 96: 7-10 Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad
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