Scripture: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free" (Luke 4:18).
Reflection: We are in the heart of the Christmas season now, and while we await the birth of our Savior, it's a good time to reflect on why Jesus came to earth. We find the answer in the above scripture from the gospel of Luke. Jesus came to set us free. From what? From Satan, sin and death! From the beginning of time sin has been our downfall. Sin leads us away from God, but God is so good and merciful that He sends His own Son to redeem us from our sinful nature and infuses into us a Divine Nature through His Holy Spirit at Baptism. Jesus came to bring hope and healing and freedom from fear. He came to set us free from the enemy, to forgive our sins, to heal our hearts, to show us the Love of The Father. He came to restore what was broken by sin. He took upon Himself all the sins of the world on the Cross and bore the punishment for our sins for those who accept Him. Through acceptance of Jesus Christ, we can now live with Him forever in Heaven. Because of His sacrifice, because of who He is, we are washed clean of our sins His Blood. Christ has made everything new again.
Questions: When I think of Christmas, do I see the whole picture, Jesus birth, death, and resurrection? Do I thank God for the gift of His coming. Do I accept that I am a sinner in need of a Savior?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, The Spirit of The Lord is upon you. You are The One predicted to set humanity free from death and bring us into everlasting life. Please open the doors of life to me. Please break open the bars of my heart and open up the floodgate of grace into my soul. Pour out your Spirit upon my life, just as it is, just the way I am. Whatever my current circumstance I can be set free in my heart. You alone, have the power to make me new and bring me to Heaven! I ask Lord, for the special graces I need at this time of my life. I ask for you to set me free from everything that blocks you. Help me to let go, and open up my whole being to your Healing Love. Amen.
Join us again tomorrow for another spiritual reflection. May God Bless you, and everyone near and dear to you.