“Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord.” Patience seems to be a theme in my family this time of year. There is always so much to be done, so much excitement, so many gatherings, so many days for our little ones to wait! The Jewish people had waited a very long time for the Messiah. Could Jesus be the one?! Even John the Baptist, his cousin is asking ‘who is Jesus? Is he the long awaited Messiah?’ What is Jesus’ answer?
‘Tell him what you see...the blind see, the lame walk.’What a great question—who is Jesus? How would you answer that question—for yourself? for your children? grandchildren? How would you show them that Jesus makes a difference in our world today? It’s great to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus every cannot really celebrate Jesus without looking at who we are as followers of Jesus. That is what John reminds us of this week. How do we make a difference in people’s lives?
How do we heal brokenness within our families and beyond?
As we look at Christmas trees laden with gifts for loved ones, as followers of Jesus, how do we reach out to those in need—of clothing, food, friendship, shelter, healing from loss or loneliness?
A note about prophets . . .
A great teacher once taught me about the importance of prophets in our lives. Father Virgil Braun, our pastor at the time, came into our 6th grade Faith Formation class of 6th graders. The young people were gathered right after school and were full of energy. The first thing Father said was “I’ve been hearing you kids have been a bit of a handful this year.” He caught their attention and the room got very quiet. With each additional comment the room got even more quiet. He continued to say they needed to be respectful of the school property. “Your parents work hard and pay to have this nice school for you. If you don’t take care of it, they will need to spend more money repairing it. He also told them he had heard they were not respectful to their teachers, their books and more. Then he asked them … “who do I sound like?” A brave soul finally said, “our parents.” He responded maybe, who else? They listed teachers, catechists, and more. Then he asked them if they had done their homework (they read the lesson before we taught it). He said, “The Prophets! I sound like the prophets! Prophets are people who call us back to who we are to be when we forget!” Whenever I think of John the Baptist and
Isaiah I thing of Father Braun and I thank God for the prophets in my life!
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC