Jesus Christ calls his apostles. He transforms them from fishermen into “fishers of men”. We are all apostles and prophets to proclaim the saving power of God. Like Isaiah, we are touched with the burning fire of the Holy Spirit. When the Lord asks who will be his messenger, we reply: “Here I am, Lord, send me.”
We are a people not only of faith and hope but especially of love. Love is the greatest gift that the Spirit gives to the members of Christ’s Church. This gift is also given to those outside the Church, which is something for which we can thank God. Love breaks down human barriers and divisions. Love will bring about greater unity among Christians and thus a better witness to the Gospel if we are open to the Spirit.
We belong to the Church of which the head is Christ. Just as the human body is made up of many parts, all of which are interdependent, so we too are dependent on each other and ultimately on Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to us so that we may bring the Good News to those who are poor. In our lives we witness to the fulfilling of God’s promises.
Just as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so Christ rejoices in his Church. I the Eucharist, by the power of his Holy Spirit, he transforms bread and wine into his Body and Blood for us. The Holy Spirit gives us a variety of gifts, which we are to use for the mission of the Church.
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.
We have no need to worry, and if we ask the Lord for anything he will not refuse us. We can look to the future with confidence and without fear, because the Lord is with us. He is the cause of our happiness. We are a people of hope and joy.
God will bring to completion the work he has begun in us. Our love for one another will help us to be blameless when Christ comes again. Our lives on earth are a preparation for the day when the Lord comes, and so we can be full of joy and expectancy.
We have no reason to fear the second coming of Christ if we allow God to teach us how to grow in holiness. We ask God to help us to love one another with generosity and integrity. In this way, we can hold our heads high and have the strength to survive all that will happen in our lives, and so when the time comes we will be able to stand with confidence before Christ and his saints.
Christ’s kingship is very different from what we are used to seeing in the rulers of our world. It is a kingship of love and service. Christ’s sovereignty will never pass away since his power comes from God and not from human means. He has made us a line of kings and priests to serve God until the end of time.