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December 23, 2015

The good news for today

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. (Luke 1, 57)

The arrival of new life is meaningful in many ways. Science tells you that human beings are hard-wired to smile at babies—we feel good. You are aware that a baby promises a future. You are aware of sharing life, this time, this world with a new soul, a new hope.

But this writer, as I say often, is not recording facts so much as meaning—not so much writing history as promulgating faith–concerned with inspirational truth, not mere ancient information.

The Gospel—the GOOD News—concerns you and your life within, your sharing of the Risen Lord’s message. Rejoicing over a new baby is pleasant and good, but the rejoicing over New Life in yourself and others is more complex. Do you see in everyone this same possible birth of New Life? Do you accept a person who turns his or her life around? Do you recognize in broken people—a “pregnancy” of someone about to be born? Do you realize that you yourself are in the process of achieving a breakthrough, a birth into a Life that is a miracle of wonder, healing, hope and love, each day dynamically alive with awe?

This is not to preach but to remark that there stands for everyone a call to do the Father’s Will, to work with creation, to love one another….in short, to start afresh, acting with courage and humility to become in practice the child of God you already are. You carry the possibility of Greatness. That is the Good News—you echo John the Baptist today. You can be the Child born today, you can re-incarnate Christmas, you, a child of God.

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