Put On Christ
In the Gospel today we hear about the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. After receiving a message in a dream, Joseph took Jesus and Mary to Egypt to keep them safe. From the very start, Jesus was born into a hostile world. As Catholic Christians, we often find ourselves living amidst a society hostile to our Christian principles. This isn’t easy, but neither is it surprising, for Jesus received similar treatment. Our call and mission is to be a light in society, hope in the world and goodness amidst hostility. Like Joseph we have the responsibility to keep Jesus safe and protect the faith that has been handed on to us. Jesus, the Prince of Peace and Light of the World enables us to shine His love and share His peace. We do this by putting on Christ. As St. Paul writes in the 2nd reading today: “Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another. And over all these put one love.”
Love became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, an event we just celebrated. Jesus still becomes real in the world today through each of us shining His love, sharing His hope and extending His peace. Put on Christ in all your dealings, for we are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved. As we conclude this calendar year, we do so celebrating the Holy Family. May all believers, all members of God’s family the Church, be holy and share the light and love of God’s own Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Blessings and peace.