31ST DECEMBER 2021
Let us welcome Jesus in our Lives
1 John 2:18-21, Ps 96, John 1:1-18
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”
• We are in the last day of the Octave of Christmas and of the year. We continue to reflect how the Word which existed from the beginning, and created everything, came and dwelt amongst us; “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14. God is no longer a distant God but a God who dwells amongst His people.
• Our God is a God who approaches; He is a God who draws near; He is a God who enters the world through the birth of His son. God made the effort to dive deep within us, so that each of us, could speak intimately with him, trust him, draw near him and realize that he thinks of you and loves you… He loves you!
• John 3:16 says; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” God has emptied himself, through his son, and became human as we are, so that we may be filled with his graces and be like he is.
• Jesus has come to our level to share in our; Weaknesses and strength, struggles and successes, pain and joy. In Jeremiah 23:23 God declares that; “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord and not a God far off,” while in Joshua 1:9, God reminds us; “Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.”
• And to God who comes close, do I open the door to the Lord? Christmas is an everyday event, which involves Jesus Knocking at the door of my heart, seeking admission. When Jesus knocks the door of your heart and tells you; “Forgive, pray more, be more charitable, bring peace to my people, join this Church Group, solemnize your marriage,” do you oblige? Do we welcome him, do we let him get close, or do we reject him. Do not forget the words of today’s Gospel; “He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.” John 1:11.
• May we welcome Jesus in our lives so that he may guide us through the New Year, 2022.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”