"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm
all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!
As I sang this song in the grotto where Our Lord Savior Jesus Christ was born, the words came to life. I had just waited in line to visit the birth place of Jesus. As I waited in line, I started down the stairs and into the grotto; you could feel the presence of Our Lord. A chill started to fill the air. Was it the coolness of the grotto or was it the Holy Spirit which was all around us. I imagine it was a little of both. I waited in anticipation, just as we wait during advent. I took the stairs, one by one. As I waited, I could see everyone in deep prayer. Wondering, what will I do as I touch the birthplace of Our Lord? What will I say to him? I couldn’t wait to get there. As I arrived to the birthplace, we were each given time to kneel down and touch the star which was the spot of Jesus’ birth. I knelt, I reached out and I cried. I cried and kept saying thank you, thank you, thank you. All the thoughts and ideas that I thought of as we came down the stairs were gone and all I could do is say Thank you. As I stepped back into the grotto, our group gathered and we sang Silent Night. I couldn’t even get the first line out, I broke down and cried tears of Joy.
These are the tears of joy we should feel each and every day. The tears of Joy Our Lady of Medjugorje promises us, “if you knew how much I loved you, you’d cry for joy.” These tears of joy our gifts from Our Lord, if we knew how much He loved us we would cry tears of joy. We were given such a big gift on Christmas day, we were given Jesus. Jesus who loves us, who guides us and who forgives us; Jesus who comes to us every time we go to Mass in the Eucharist; let us give back to Jesus. Let us say Thank you.
This Christmas and throughout the year, let us say Thank you. Let us say thank you by giving to the Lord.
What better way to say thank you, than to give gifts to others. Let us share His love with others. So give your love! Give of yourself! Share the love and sweetness of Jesus through the light of your eyes. Give that loving look, give those kind words and give that good deed. Be like Jesus to others, give that Love.
What better way to live Christmas each and every day. Live in His love, share in His love and feel the peace and joy in His love.
Challenge: Be like Jesus to others
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen