God calls each of us--even if we're reluctant prophets like Jonah. God always offers us yet another opportunity for a change of heart.
Perhaps we should take a cue from John the Baptist, Andrew, and the other disciples. What might we tell others about Jesus?
God's revelation in Jesus has a power surpassing all our modern technological "miracles" because it speaks to our hearts. Are we listening?
Mary symbolizes the model disciple: Throughout her life she listened attentively to God's Word. Let's imitate Mary, responding to God's love born in us.
Mary and Joseph are models for us of patient expectation and openness to God. Are we open to God's surprising love?
Our own Christmas giving is meant to symbolize God's generosity to us. Let's be grateful that the Father gave us the greatest gift of all.
In Jesus Christ the house of David continues, and God will dwell forever with the human family. Let's allow that staggering revelation to catch us up and give us hope.
At the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit unites us as the Body of Christ. With the Spirit's help, we can take a message of joy and hope in Jesus to the world.
If skepticism in the face of the many disappointments we face in the world has begun to invade our religious life, today is a good time to refocus our hopes.
Our world seems often to be at the mercy of the forces of evil. Christians are a people who live in the world, yet await God's revelation of a new and glorious world to come.