It’s Christmas time, that glorious time – a time to ponder on the many gifts He has given us, and give thanks! As we sit here, our hands trembling with excitement as we place them on the keyboard of our computer, our thoughts coupling with our feelings, it is almost as if we can hear Our Lord reaching out to us! Oh Lord have we been too busy to spend some quality time before You present in the tabernacle?
Have we been too absorbed with man and his false promises, Lord we have forgotten Your ongoing promise to be with us till the end of the world, and we despair!
Well, Lord we, Your children are returning to church! We come to You on bended knees. We pause now to remember how, during World War II, our families processed through the streets of Brooklyn on bended knees, pleading with You to bring home our loved ones.
Now more than ever we realize we have to proclaim You, Our Lord from the roof tops, for You want all Your children, all of us to trust in You, to put our lives in Your Hands. Let us give thanks to God Our Father, for giving us His Son Jesus Who died for us, one of His last acts leaving us His Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist, the Man-God with us here in our Church, available to hear us, to help us, to guide us!
God created a beautiful world and when He was creating, He chose to fashion a country filled with all the resources needed to not only survive, but to prosper. God is in charge! Sometimes when things look dark and foreboding, helpless and hopeless, we forget that Our Lord has not left us orphans.
He said, “You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer speak of you as slaves, for a slave does not know what his master is about. Instead, I call you friends, since I have made known to you all that I heard from My Father.” (John 15:14-15) If we believe what Scripture tells us, well, we have to make a choice!
If we believe God is in charge, then we have to make a decision! We have to make choices!
Mother Angelica has told us over the years, God gave us brains to discern truth from falsehood, to separate good from evil. Over the years she has said, the world tells you “Do not be judgmental!” I can hear her right now, “Why did God give us brains but to use them, to make judgments!”
There are so many petitions we are making, pleading for miracles, and God help me I have made a promise to our Lord, If He would just answer my prayers, I would dedicate every waking moment to shout from the mountain tops, God did it! God is in charge! God is in charge! Believe and God will answer your prayers.
Believe in God and not in man. Turn yourself over to God and He will make His Will known and done.
There is a song we use at the end of a talk or a mission and it goes, “You’ll know them by their fruits!” I don’t know why, but every time we sing that song, it is difficult to keep from crying:
“We have seen and we believe
We will share our faith with everyone
You’ll know them by their fruits
We have seen and we believe
We will share our faith with everyone.
” We love you!
God bless you and our country!
Have a Blessed Christmas