In today's liturgy of the word, the third Sunday of Advent, our thoughts are focused toward a very import_ant person.
Elijah and John the Baptist announced the coming of the most important one--Jesus.
Their task was to show how we see our human reality as God sees it. And the prophets Elijah and John the Baptist, who prepared the people for the coming of the Messiah, showed us uncompromisingly what they do. Most importantly they reminded man who we are and what should be our greatest desire.
Then the same truth is confirmed by Jesus. We must open our eyes so that we are able to unmask illusions about ourselves and the world which we created over time under the influence of human opinion.
And through the prophets, Jesus also wants to unmask our asking of God.
Do you want to repent?
Are you determined enough to make your faith be alive, not just once in awhile?
Do you want your faith to be genuine, not artificial like tinsel and fragrances? Not to feel it a few times a year, but also in our everyday life.
Faith surely cannot be just for the holidays. A belief that faith must be decorated.
Because faith is love. And love is a freshness and energy which does not need to be renewed.
Elijah and John had such a faith, and God expects the same faith from us.
The magic of the Christmas holidays, of which we speak of so often, is not what surrounds us. It is not a specific climate and atmosphere.
The Magic of the Christmas holidays is what is inside of us. Jesus is holy magic. It is His love for us. This Holy Magic is His coming to us. Yet, we still, despite this belief ,fall into sin.
Let us try to really find the time to make this beautiful time to be not only illuminated lights outside, but that Christ lights and warms our interior, like ambrosia and make this holiday season truly exceptional.