December 18 Thursday the Third Week
JEREMIAH 23:5-8; MATTHEW 1:18-25.
Click here for the complete text of today’s readings.
What are you waiting for? What do you hope will “save” your life on this earth? (And beyond).
Is it a leader? Someone everyone will follow? Who will “reign and govern wisely,” as Jeremiah promises?
The Alleluia calls Jesus “Leader” – the second of seven key titles (“O Antiphons”) the liturgy gives to Jesus as intensive preparation for Christmas.
The angel told Joseph “Mary will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” How does a leader do that?
A leader is only a leader if someone follows. With Jesus we can “dwell in security.” Safe from the destructiveness and distortion that are the causes and effects of sin. “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.” But only if we follow him.
To “follow” means to look where Jesus is pointing and move in that direction. Not alone, but with him. And with others who give support. Then we all lead each other.
So what are you waiting for? You have “become Christ.” Lead. As a follower. Look at where Jesus is pointing. Move.
Read Scripture. Also read Pope Francis’ “Evangelii Gaudium” (Gospel Joy) http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html. Francis is a leader who follows.
Pray (all day):
“Lord, lead me in your truth, and teach me.
You are the God of my salvation (Psalm 25:5).
Read, reflect, respond.