ML 3:1-4, 23-24; Psalm 25; LK 1:57-66
The Responsorial Psalm for today has a wonderful refrain for the last days of the Advent season: “Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.”
As Christmas draws near, we have a tendency to race to the finish. We put our heads down and plough straight ahead getting that last thing at work done, shopping for that last item, or putting out that final decoration. But this is the time to actually spend more time in prayer, reflection, and doing works of charity.
Too often in stewardship we lose sight of the reason why we are called to be good stewards in the first place. Our actions can begin to ring hollow if we don’t remember the reason we are doing something. All our actions in the name of stewardship are to give glory to God and to lead others to Jesus Christ. More money in the collection and more hands to do the work of the Church are often fruits of a parish community living a stewardship way of life, but it is never the primary reason we do anything. So, when trying to do the best you can in walking this way of life, lift up you head and see. He is coming again. He will come when we least expect it. And He is the reason for it all! Yes, your redemption is near at hand!
Daily Advent Challenge
There are just a couple days until Christmas. Who do you know that needs some encouragement during this season? Call them today to see how they are doing. Help them lift their heads to see.