The Holy Spirit rested on Jesus Christ when he was baptised by John the
Baptist. Through the coming of the Spirit, John recognised Christ as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Through the gift of the Spirit, we too are called to take our place among the saints and become the light of the world, proclaiming salvation to the ends of the earth.
The Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus, the beloved Son of God, at his baptism in the River Jordan. The same Holy Spirit comes down on each one of us and helps us to live our lives so that we are faithful to our baptismal calling.
Wise men from the east, guided by a star, come to worship Christ. In them we see the homage of the nations to Christ, who is for ever the light of the world. We too are called to become an epiphany – a revealing – of God, by letting the light of Christ shine in our lives.
God sets before us the Holy Family of Nazareth as the model for all families. The family unit is the basic structure upon which human society is built. A Christian family life is a powerful witness to our world of God’s love for us revealed in Christ.
God our Father sent his only Son to be born on earth of human stock. His name is Jesus and his mother’s name is Mary, He is the Saviour of all the world, and through him we are called to holiness of life.
God sends his own Son to save us. Joy and gladness are ours, and the time for sorrow and lamenting is over. Christ is standing at the gates and we know he is the one for whom we have been waiting. Do not lose heart. Take courage! Your God is coming!
We prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ through repentance. We are called to change the pattern of our lives in order to be ready when he comes. John the Baptist calls us to look again at our lives, to make sure that the Lord will have no obstacle in his path.
During Advent we prepare ourselves for the birth of Christ. We make ourselves ready as the new homes into which he will come. The long hours of waiting are nearly over and the dawn of our salvation is about to break. Soon we will walk in the light of the Lord.
On the cross, Christ the King promises his kingdom to a penitent thief. We, like the repentant criminal, receive redemption and forgiveness of our sins through Christ, who gives us the strength to bear all things
joyfully. If we suffer with him, we will reign with him. He is the firstborn from the dead, never to die again.
We will suffer because of our belief in Jesus Christ. Jesus teaches us not to be afraid or to lose heart, because God will vindicate us. By patiently enduring suffering, we will gain life without end. This hope of ultimate victory can keep us firm in times of trial.