Thought of the week
Our world today can often seem like a wilderness. There seems to be little faith in anything except celebrity and shopping, especially at this time of year when we are bombarded with adverts constantly trying to sell us something.
Yes, we live in a wilderness where it is difficult to find God, even at Christmas. Sunday’s Gospel quotes Isaiah, “A voice cries in the wilderness; Prepare a way for the Lord.” We can be that voice in the world we are living in today. As followers of Christ we are called to proclaim the Gospel. We are called to be that voice in the wilderness which encourages others to join us.
What can you do in this coming week, whether it be at work, or at home, to bring Jesus to others? What can you do by your words and by your deeds to make others want and need to follow Christ?
Often the way we behave and the way we are with others can be so important. It can be this time of year that brings people into our Churches, people, who perhaps haven’t been into a Church in some time, if ever. If we see a stranger amongst us over Advent or Christmas, we must welcome them with a smile, we must make them comfortable, so they will return to Church again. This is so important because of all the things we can do as Catholics nothing can be more wonderful than bringing another to faith in Jesus Christ.
I say this as one who sixteen years ago was introduced to Christianity on Christmas Eve by a smile and a kind word.