The birth of the Christ-Child is just a few days away! Our time of waiting and watching are just about over. Or are they?
As any parent will tell you, birth is only the beginning of a greater journey that last for decades. For Mary, the birth of Jesus was overshadowed by the knowledge of what she would face some day at the foot of the cross.
Birth begins the late night feedings, diaper changes, teething, colic, and various childhood illnesses. It also brings the joy of first steps, first words, first haircuts, and first pictures. Just like in the birth of a child, our waiting leads many of us to the childhood of our Christian Walk.
Being a new Christian can be just as painful and rewarding as being a newborn child. There are many lessons to be learned, many times that we will fall short, and the joys of overcoming our darker tendencies in favor of more holy ones. If you think being a Christian will be easy, I am here to tell you it will not.
However, we can rejoice in the fact that our reward will come one day. We will stand before Almighty God and his son Jesus one day and will give an accounting for our lives. The only question is, will we be proud of what we see or ashamed?
That is part of what the waiting means for those of us who have been Christians for a while. It is a time for us to prepare ourselves and to immerse ourselves in love and good works. We will one day face judgement for the ways we treated others.
As the Gospel reading told us a couple of weeks ago, there will be those who do everything they can to help others. Christ will welcome those into the Kingdom of God. Those who chose to take care of themselves only, they will face a worse fate. Which group will you fall into?
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