I will make a special effort to talk about God's providence
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John 20:1a and
Lord, today I am reminded of the intensity of love
that you stir in the hearts of your followers. I want to be your follower today. I believe that you
love me. I believe that you have overcome sin and death. I believe that you walk with
Lord, give me the joy of discovering you as St. John
St. John had been enthused by Christ from the very
beginning. Early on Christ had won his heart. In his Gospel, John would record many things about
Christ in a very personal way, giving us special insights into Christ. Christ allowed him into his
heart, and John’s faith gave him reason to hope in the Resurrection. That is why he runs with such
eagerness to the tomb. He does not yet know that Christ is risen, but he wants to know. He wants to
be where Christ is. Am I eager to be with Christ? This time of Christmas is a special time in
which I can naturally feel attracted to Christ. Do I take advantage of this grace and try to
converse more with him?
No hesitation; Get there as quickly as
possible. John knows where he has to go. Nothing else is as important. He does not let anything get
in the way. A saint lives his life quickly, even if his years are long. He lives it quickly because
he lives each day, each moment, intensely for Christ and souls. He lives his prayer life
intensely—in spite of the natural fatigue and moments of dryness—because he knows the time spent in
prayer is the most important moment of the day. A saint lives his service to his family and to
others with the intensity of love. Rather than tiring him, love brings him closer to God. Am I
afraid to love and to live with intensity?
John was rewarded for
his faith. His Lord is alive! No amount of cruelty and evil—not even death itself—can defeat his
Lord. John teaches us to believe in Christ, to discover with joy the signs of his presence. Am I
using this Christmas season to reaffirm my faith in Christ’s presence in the world? Do I cultivate a
supernatural outlook in the things I do, in the way I deal with those around me? Do I build up
confidence in Christ’s victory in souls and discover the signs of that
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, thank you for St. John’s faith. He
was close to your heart.
Help me to place my heart in your heart. I want to run
Lord, throughout the ups-and-downs of my life, the
good times and the bad. Today I will stay
close to you in
my heart. Stay close to me also.
pray the Creed in front of a manger scene today and make a special effort to talk about God’s
providence in my conversations with others.
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