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January 10, 2010

Can We Follow in His Footsteps?

    Beginning with Christmas Eve, the Church manages to lead us through several important events in the life of Christ.  First we had his birth and manifestation to the poor and marginalized of the world.  Then we celebrated the notion of family and relationships and the importance of such in our lives.  We take the time to examine this concept within the life of Christ and we look at his influence in our family lives.  Then we celebrate his manifestation to all nations and the fact that Christ came to us all in order to give us the light we need to recognize the Kingdom of God and to live by it.

    This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord which announces the beginning of his ministry.  This culminates the Christmas season.  In two and a half weeks we have been brought through birth, growth, world travel and maturity to the point of ministry.

            What are we supposed to walk away with after this quantum leap of years in just 2½ weeks.  As baptized Christians we are supposed to be trying to live the celebrations we have just experienced.  As serious Christians we want to remember that it is our responsibility to give birth to the Christ that lives within us.  Once we give birth we must nurture this life in our daily lives.  We must bring Christ to our families.  We must be a light to all we meet.  We must be present o the poor, the forgotten, the devastated.  Finally, we must remember that, as baptized Christians, we have been singled out to minister to others who most need our help.

    Could we reflect on all these responsibilities before Christmas?  Probably not.  We are too busy trying to get ready for the festivities.  And so, today, we take down the decorations.  We begin the period of time called Ordinary Time.  During this period of Ordinary Time we will have some time to allow our growth spurt to mature.

    As baptized Christians we have been called by name to the service of God’s Kingdom.  Just as Christ lived, so must we.  That is why we are baptized, because we believe that Christ’s way is “The Way”.  What is God calling each one of us to do for the kingdom? Our family?  Our Parish?  Our community?  Our nation?  Our world.

    During these cold, grey, and snowy days of winter, let’s take some time to reflect on our own Baptismal commitment.  Is there something we can do for the Kingdom?  There are so many areas to cover.  There is really no excuse for saying that we do not have the talents or the wisdom or the education or even the time.  There is always something we can do for others and for God. If you feel a nudge, you can be assured that it is coming from God.  He is calling you.  How will you respond?

                            Lorette P. Nault