A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
January 24, 2020
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
December 21, 2019
And so we sing in anticipation of the birth of the Son of God Our Savior Jesus Christ Emmanuel God With Us
Our Salvation has arrived!
We are saved by the power of God through his only Son, a child born in a manger in Bethlehem. We have come to know of the birth of Jesus from generations and generations of our ancestors in faith. First, for centuries, anticipating the birth of a Savior, believing in what the prophets had foretold, then the account of his birth i a manger; Mary accompanied by her betrothed, Joseph. God became man, born as a baby; gentle, sweet, innocent, resting in the arms of his young Mother, our Blessed Mother Mary, and cared for by Joseph who trusted in what the angels had revealed to him. What an incredible story! What a beautiful gift; the gift of Godself to God’s people!
Think of the multitude of families who have experienced the joy of this birth over all the centuries.
Think of the people who found hope and promise in the birth of a baby who would change the way we see the world. Imagine how different our lives would be if we did not know Him. Would we know peace?
Would we know joy? Would we know love? Love was born in that manger, the same love that would one day hang on a cross, offering his life that we might have eternal life.
How will you share the joy of this birth in your family this Christmas? We might all benefit from gathering our family for a moment of quiet, reading aloud the account of his birth (Luke 2.1-14) and then asking the generations of faithful people present to speak of what they have learned from Jesus; the baby who grew to become our Savior, our Brother, our Teacher.
Let us continue the tradition of handing on our faith to those we love. It is in knowing Jesus that we are saved.
It is in knowing Jesus that we find hope for life beyond this world.
Let us pray this Christmas, that through our words, actions and attitudes, many more come to know the love of Jesus Christ. May we all be blessed this Christmas with a renewed sense of joy in the promise of Emmanuel.