God our father loves us tremendously. He wants his home to be a place of belonging, security, safety, Providence, faith, but also of justice. When we experience the love of the father we don’t just feel obliged to give back, we desire to give from the abundance we have received.
St. Luke’s Gospel is all about the catholicity (i.e., the universality) of salvation. All can receive healing from sin, if they accept it in Jesus. We have to and are called to reach out beyond our circle and that what Jesus challenges each of us.
We often associate humility with losing and losers, when in reality it or coachability lead us to being champions in aspects of our life. The challenge is to become a champion in every aspect of our lives.
Delves deeper into the Book of Nehemiah and the context of chapter 8 and why the Jews wept when the priest Ezra read the Book of the Law. It ends with a challenge to build our spiritual castle personally and communally just as we began physically yesterday with the service day at our future Catholic Student Center.
We end the Xmas season celebrating the baptism of the Lord that immersion in water by which we are incorporated into his passion, death, and resurrection and by which we become members of his family, sons and daughters of God, unconditionally loved by Him.