Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
Prophets exist in every age. They are important in reminding us what really matters in life and how God is calling us all to life in Him. In simpler terms, we serve as prophets to one another, reminding each other about God’s love for us and his desire for a relationship with us. The Body of Christ functions best when we are willing to be held accountable for our actions and then support one another when we falter. Also, there are times when someone in need can benefit by a reminder that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who loves them.
There are times when we think we have no real gift to give someone. However, we actually have a gift more precious to give than gold: ourselves. Giving of our time, our emotion, and our attention can be more important to someone else than any store-bought gift. Not only do we practice good stewardship in this giving of ourselves, we become instruments by which the Good News of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed. You don’t need to always speak profoundly to have a profound effect on people. They will know we are Christians by our love.
Second Sunday of Advent Challenge:
In the next few days, determine to spend some extra time with someone who need you. It could be a son or daughter, a parent, a friend, or a co-worker.