Advent Reflections (Week 3) – by Fr. Bob Warren, S.A.
Many people have a tough time hearing and talking about a baby who was born 2000 years ago. A baby who was sent for the rise and fall of many, and we know how most people feel about rising and falling…we cannot handle it. The baby was a light shining in the darkness, and you know how dark things hate to have the spotlight thrown on them…we cannot handle it!
The baby became a simple, honest man who shot straight as an arrow through a crooked world. And our world has never quite understood what to do with simple, honest person. They cannot be bought, sold or used. They are practically worthless, except to wonder at or talk about, or, better yet, get rid of. So…they did.
You see, they could not handle Him. Jesus is unique, one of a kind. He is one of a kind in His origin, birth, character, teaching, miracles, death, and resurrection. But we have not told the entire story.
Truth, you see, is not really truth until it is experienced. Until it becomes part of us, until it is lived, felt, thought, laughed, and cried. The uniqueness and truth of Jesus Christ can be analyzed, documented and proven, but until He becomes a part of our life experience, we really will not understand His uniqueness. Millions of people, rich, poor, male and female, young and old, millions have found Jesus to be one of a kind. They have found that He provides the peace of mind that tranquilizers cannot give, that he supplies a moral rudder in today’s confusing sea of conflicting ideologies.
The Lord is coming! Prepare a path for Him in your life, others can point the way. Only Jesus, the child who was born in straw, surrounded by shepherds, and beneath a star that was His, only He can give us the truth. We can see our God, as a child, who would grow up and say, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”