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December 17, 2017

On a cold day in December, just before Christmas, a little boy, about 6-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering from the cold! A lady approached the young boy and said, "My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!"

"I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boy's reply.  The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.
She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel. By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, you will be more comfortable now."

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her: "Are you God's wife?"

Looking at the Christmas lights, the lady walked away and knew that the light of Christ had shone on both hers and the boy’s life.  The beginning of the Gospel of John clarifies the difference between John the Baptist and Jesus: John is a witness to the light; Jesus is the Light.

Like John we are asked to make way for the light.  None of us are the light. Our job is to let the light shine through the chunks of solid darkness that litter our human landscape.  You may ask, “Who are we to compete against such great darkness?”  Individually we are not that great but collectively we are the strongest force to fight off the devils’ darkness.  Every baptized person carries the light of Christ since our baptism, don’t you remember?  Our contribution is first, to look at ourselves and work quietly on the darkness that hides within us - the selfishness, the un-forgiveness, and the lack of love that covers the light of Christ from so many people.  On the larger social issues-like poverty, justice and peace-which require the witness of a caring community, we are challenged by the Gospel to work together.  We are to look after the poor, to care for the sick, to visit the lonely, to feed the hungry, and that is to share in the ministry of Jesus.  Holiness is a constant struggle of letting Christ be the light that shines through everything we do.  If our works puzzle people, who cares, just let the Light shine through!

Maranatha, Come, Lord Jesus!