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January 8, 2021

As we wrap up the Christmas season, our scriptures continue the theme of “epiphany” or manifesting. This short season invites and challenges us to show the incarnation’s power in our lives, especially through the healing presence that Christ made known to us. The first letter of John invites to testify to this incarnation of the Word, and witness our beliefs to others so that they may share in the glory of eternal life.

A week into the new year, we recognize that resolutions and hopes for a better 2021 may have already fallen by the wayside or stalled in our dreams for a better way. One thing is clear: we hope for eternal life and possess this gift. This has been made known, and we try “to live Christ” better and better each day.

We may not have leprosy, but we suffer from little ailments that keep us not being totally in Christ; we need some cures for our ailments and our aches. Let us recall that just as Christ was witnessing and healing, he did so in the context of prayer. For us to heal, grow, and to have more depth in our belief, we should take some time to go to a deserted place and contemplate the mystery of Christ. He was born among us to remind us that God is with us. Our baptism missioned us to serve and to bring the testimony of Christ to others by the sharing of our lives.

How will I let my ailments transform me to be a better believer? What must I do to improve my trust and remove my fears?

Let Us Pray:

I praise you, O my God! May your Spirit help me to have eyes, ears, hands, and hearts that show others the gift of your Spirit inside me.

Help me to keep your name holy, have reverence for your gifts and Spirit, and keep me from fears. Give me new courage! Reignite my faith! For you, LORD God, are my light and salvation, forever and ever!

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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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.