Almost everybody is feeling heavy today, Lord Jesus Christ: students, workers, employees are complaining Christmas break is over, it is back to normal. Many are so wary of today’s traffic and other woes when everything returns to normal.
And what is normal for us Lord? The daily grind of waking up early, working for a living, pursuing our goals, keeping up with our obligations and responsibilities in life. It is as if we have not met you this Christmas which is after all, just a break from our normal, ordinary routine.
Give us the grace of integration Lord. Give us the grace to “test the spirits to see whether they belong to God because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jn. 4:1). Fill us with your Holy Spirit Lord to always live with the spirit of truth, the spirit of life.
Make us realize Lord that going back to normal is our life being with you, leaving our comfort zone of Nazareth to retreat to “Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Napthali” (Mt. 4:13). Going back to normal is staying in Galilee, the province where you did most of your preaching and miracles, where you first proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom of heaven, where your first lesson is to repent.
There will always be trials and tribulations in our lives like in the arrest of John the Baptist (Mt.4:12) but let us remain in you, following you, believing in you, always cleansing ourselves of our impurities and imperfections so that you may dwell in us to make your kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven. AMEN. Fr.Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
*Photo of a painting by Bulakenyo artist Aris Bagtas of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the sufferings of the people in her mind, perhaps a normal slice in her daily life with Jesus. Used with permission.