~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to the 25th and final day of ~
My family and I have "prepared" the way...
as Mark writes in his Gospel:
"Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight your paths for Him.."
Just as God sent the great prophet John the Baptist to make the way for the coming of the Lord, sending him out to urge the people to confess their sins, do penance and be baptized; so have my family and I prepared. Confessing our sins, doing penance, caring for others, praying... turning our minds to what truly matters in life.
And today, He, whom we have long awaited has come!
As foretold by the message of an angel....
to a young Jewish woman who's fiat changed the course of world history
and the stoic Jewish man who took his charge from heaven to be the foster father of God the son.
Whom angels rejoiced, shepherds watched, nature sang and Kings from the Orient came to admire.
(the Christmas Pageant at our church last evening with all the little angels and shepherds)
The coming of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My Ian who was St. Joseph
And the Word was made Flesh!
Jesus came to earth to teach us the way to eternal life. He gave us the greatest commandment of all:
Love your neighbor as yourself. Seems so very simple...yet so very hard to truly do. I struggle with this, although I strive, I still struggle, for I am just a poor sinner.
I believe that in this world people are thirsting. Thirsting for genuine honesty, hospitality and love. You can find that...if you search within your heart. You can find it.
Jesus came to teach us love.
Yes, sounds so very simple, yet, so very hard.
It is so very hard to feel kindness, to feel love toward others when:
your feelings are hurt
injustices are done towards you or your family
you just can't seem to get ahead
nothing seems to go your way
you lose your job
you feel lost
you feel alone
you do for others, yet they don't do for you
you try your best, yet still others persecute you,
or say what you have done, what you are, is not good enough
the list could go on...
So very hard to deny ego. To deny self.
So very hard.
Yet, we are charged to love:
with our whole heart,
our whole mind and
our whole soul.
That is why He came.
That is what He asks.
For God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son.
Love for my neighbor, for those far and wide is what I strive for and will continue to strive for until I am no more. Peace within our heart. Humility. Thankfulness. All of these can be ours because of the one little word: Love.
The road is rocky, the road is long, the road is tough.
But LOVE is the answer to all our problems.
Wouldn't this old,weary world rejoice again, rejoice anew if we but followed His one simple commandment?
LOVE. Will you?
And because the world needs it I shall pray an old Catholic favorite prayer of mine which invokes the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that Jewish woman that DID choose love, for it was her choice to make. It was not thrust upon her, it was her choice and she chose it. And He loved her so, His mother, that He listens to her requests in our favor.
O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that ever was it known,
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgins of Virgins my mother.
To thee I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O mother of the word incarnate,
despise not my petition but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
May the world find love this Christmas day and always.
May it be so!
and a hearty thanks to all those that have followed the 25 Days and have written so many wonderful comments or written to me so many wonderful e-mails, notes, cards and have shared my walk awaiting this most holy day!
My most sincere thanks and love to each of you,
I lit a candle for a friend's friend who is in need, and four little candles on the bottom left hand corner. Do you see them?
Three of those were lit in honor of some very dear friends of mine. The fourth candle was lit in honor of all of you, my friends who come here, visit with me, love me for who I am. My prayer for you last evening at Christmas Mass, when I lit these candles, was for us all to Love each other as we love ourselves, as He loves us.
With Love on this most blessed day!