Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Advent Calendar - December 18, 2012

Jeremiah 23:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25

Reflection by Sister Kathy Bilskie
Hildegard Health Center Administrator

Today would have been my Grandpa’s birthday. Although he entered Eternal Life some time ago, I remember how safe, how loved I felt with him. When suffering from an ear ache, I remember crawling in his lap as he sat in a rocking chair. He rocked and whistled to soothe the pain, and I really did feel better.

Jeremiah speaks of God’s righteous shoot. The most righteous shoot would be Jesus, who offers profound security and love. Seeking God and putting ourselves in God’s “lap” doesn’t just make us feel better, it truly makes us better.

Joseph and Mary both put themselves in God’s lap. They trusted God and lived that trust. When circumstances seemed impossible, they gave all to God. We are called to live the directive that Joseph and Mary lived: “Do not be afraid.”

Do not be afraid; God is with you.

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