For many who return to work today, it signals the end of the Christmas season. For most it is a return to the normal routine and it is a good thing. We are creatures of habit. For the students, vacation lasts a little longer. But soon enough, even for them, it is nice to return to the routine of school, to seeing friends on a regular basis, and to having a schedule.
For some, Christmas has given them a taste of what a connection to God is like. Much like the Israelites in today’s reading, they now have a memory of what life could be like. The people of God recalled life before exile and they long to return to their homeland and to experience life under God’s loving care. Through Christmas, many people experience what life could be like. For many, Christmas this year was filled with God’s love and on Christmas Eve they experienced God’s presence as a tangible feeling. Perhaps this is you or someone you know. There is a deep call within each of us to connect to God and to experience life as He intended it to be.
In the high of Christmas we see what life should be like. We realize life has been less than it could be. But it does not have to be this way. Through Jesus Christ, God invites us all to order our lives as they should be, focusing on others instead of self, just as Jesus did. In this loving, giving, self-sacrificing model, we begin to experience life as it should be. Life lived to the full is a life of love for God that grows and overflows to become love for neighbor. May our love for God and neighbor be a light shining in the darkness this day, drawing others to the light and love of God, to love lived out.
Scripure reference: Jeremiah 31: 7-9