December 17, 2021

Becoming. “So and so” became the father of “so and so.” We are all becoming the next generation of faithful followers of Christ. From Abraham, Jacob, Jehoshaphat, and so many men (and women!) in between, the years go by to reveal the Christ. For our families and us, faith transpires and transforms us one generation after another as we pass along God’s wisdom.

We have been given a meaningful legacy, and knowing where we came from assists us to become God’s faithful witness for our times. We are creating a heritage where we ask justice to flourish, and we pass it on to the next generation of eager hearts so that God’s peace may grow.

Whom have I shared my faith with lately in the next generation of believers? Our stories and great lineage are meant to be shared so that the new ones may know their rich heritage, built upon the shoulders of humble, great servants of old. Family trees and DNA tests are in vogue, and treasured Christmas gifts remind us we come from a people—and a God who wants the body of Christ to grow in wisdom and faith.

Tonight, with evening prayer, we begin the great “O Antiphons,” and the gospel acclamation verse for Mass reminds us of the great “wisdom of our God most high, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge.” As we prepare for the great nativity next week, we do so thinking about the heritage of Christ, the traditions of our family tree, and how we may give birth to Christ anew. In this “becoming,” may we bring God’s justice to flower anew so that it may take root in the peace of our hearts and transform our world. May our Eucharists make it so!

Let Us Pray:

O Holy Wisdom, transform us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Promised One again. May we know our past, live faithfully in the present, and trust what is next to share the justice and peace that is in the heart of God for generations to come. Through Christ our Lord.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.