The fact of our baptism means that we have a vocation--a call--that's just as certain as those of Isaiah or Peter in today's Scripture readings.
Biblical prophets weren't out to make enemies, but felt impelled to speak God's truth with love. Often their message was "tough love."
Our respect for the Gospel book, our attentive listening, and our openness to the Spirit are all crucial to full participation in the Eucharist.
The Gospel of John tells us about the Word made Flesh. The stories and sayings of Jesus are written to allow us to encounter Jesus as the One come from God.
Luke's Gospel wants to show Jesus as the fulfillment of all that was promised and prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures.
God's revelation in Jesus has a power surpassing all our modern technological miracles because it speaks to our hearts.
For St. Luke, Mary symbolizes the model disciple. Throughout her life she listened attentively to God's word. She cherished it and reflected on its meaning.
In the midst of our Christmas celebrations we're reminded that there is "the rest of the story," which culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Our own Christmas giving is meant to symbolize God's generosity to us. As we give our gifts--large or small--let's be grateful that the Father gave us the greatest gift of all.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the shepherd-Messiah from the line of David, the One who personifies peace: Jesus Christ.