Glad Tidings!

17 Dec 2017 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Glad Tidings!

Today’s first Scripture reading outlines the atmosphere resulting from the coming of our Savior: glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, joy in my soul, justice and peace.

We Catholics believe that our Savior comes to us each time we receive Holy Communion. When we go back out into the streets after the celebrant has dismissed us with the words: “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”, do we in fact reflect the atmosphere Isaiah is speaking about? Or do we habitually sit on the sidelines, putting Christ’s presence within us under a bushel basket (Mt. 5:15)?

Perhaps we should meditate more on John the Baptist, who didn’t just sit at home thanking God for His blessings, but rather acted on his responsibility to proclaim the glad tidings. Note: he was not promoting himself, but rather preparing others for the reception of Christ. We have to move beyond thinking the Incarnation is (merely) a long ago historical event, and recognize it as an ever present reality!

That is the glad tiding we are called upon do reflect in our lives, and it is not a reality meant to be kept to ourselves.

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