Of Christmases Yet to Come

December 16, Blessed Francis Schervier “Christmases Yet to Come” Matt. 21:28-32

Jesus points out in today’s Gospel, that many in positions of authority have failed to listen to the Gospel, and that even those who follow him have failed, , and that the real message is “Time is wasting! Change your ways!” This is the message of the Christmas yet to come–it is never to late, God is waiting with open arms.

Catherine de Hueck Doherty makes a good summary: “What you do matters–but not much. What you are matters tremendously.” When I left the Midwest twenty plus years ago a journalist said to me: “What are you going to do, you are going without a portfolio.” For me my portfolio is who I am and whom I am becoming. It is not the quality of food I give to people but the quality of the person I share with them. One of my volunteers commented in front of some of the guys one night that I could serve them more than beans and rice, and one young guy, said: “He gives himself, that is all we want.” And so for me my portfolio is the giving of my self.

It is important that we see Christmas not as an event of the past, but one that is, and is coming, and that we grow into Christmas as we grow into the Christ we worship.

Will Tuttle commented:

“The more we live in alignment with our values, the stronger the truth-field we emanate will be, and the more our words, gestures, and actions will carry weight with perpetrators.”

That is what becoming Christmas is all about, we live out our values day to day, we screw up, we dust off our pants and we keep on going; The only portfolio we need is the commandment of Jesus: “You should love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your mind and your strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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