REJOICE IN OUR HEART AND DO NOT BE AFRAID, FOR GOD IS WITH US
This past Wednesday at the end of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and seeing the tree in front of the mural of the Virgin full of flowers, I said to a lady: “What a beauty to see a tree full of flowers” and the Lady He replied: “Yes, but the world is worse every day”.
When someone invites us to rejoice wholeheartedly and not to be afraid of life because God is with us, it seems like a lie that we react by doing the opposite. We begin mentally to make a list of all the things that prevent us from being happy and that make us afraid. The tragedy is that time is wasted remembering the sorrows and fears and we are left with very little time to enjoy this good news of God. To know that God is with us. The change is urgent to see and feel the daily life as we are invited on this third Sunday of Advent by the prophet Zephaniah and John the Baptist.
“Sing, daughter of Zion, shout for joy Israel, rejoice and rejoice with all your heart, Jerusalem.”
Lord, on this Sunday, I, who am so attached to my things and turn over my affairs, I ask you not to lose the opportunity to see the faces of those who pass before me. Lord, let me not get used to seeing the faces of my neighbor just for interest. My God, how difficult it is to get out of our fears. I live as if I were always supervised by an authority, which does not allow me to savor daily life. I live, as if at every step, I must ask permission to be happy and be able to exist. I live as if I have no right to be wrong.
But the Lord repeats to us “Do not be afraid, Zion, do not let your hands fail. The Lord, your God, your powerful savior, is in your midst. “
Help me Lord, to carry out my tasks, my studies, in an atmosphere of trust with your arrival. Heal our character, our thinking style. Give us the balance of life where we know how to live fraternally.
“Rejoice always in the Lord; I repeat it to you; Rejoice! May your benevolence be known to all. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything; rather, they present their requests to God in prayer and supplication at all times, full of gratitude. “
My God help us to put these words as Christmas ornaments, to be a tree of life, placed in the midst of our family, of our community, that fear prevents us from being close to you and that trust adorn our hearts.
So what should we do, so as not to be alone with our list of concerns? Today’s Gospel tells us through John the Baptist. “Who has two tunics, that one who has none and who has food to do the same.”
Preparing for Christmas is going out to meet the other, Only the other, the needy, the distant family, the enemy, will give us the clue to see the glory of God.
How curious is life, only the other, the neighbor, is the one that saves me from my negative lists. To look at my neighbor gives me the opportunity to renew my strength and return to the joy of life. Hope can be seen. The other awaits us as salvation.
Las Posadas will begin and the true meaning of asking for an inn is to let the savior enter our house; let the one who is outside enter our heart, asking for our joy, to be under the same roof. Let no one be left behind.
Rev. Arturo Corral, Pastor
Rev. Roberto Raygoza, Associate Pastor
Rev. Heriberto Serrano, Associate Pastor
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