December 25, 2020: Merry Christmas!

Pause: Before beginning your retreat, pause for a few moments and focus your attention on your breathing. Take several deep breaths. Be aware of God’s loving presence within you.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:4-5
Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”

Insights: The disciples of John the Baptist are given a message. They are to tell him what
they’ve seen and heard Jesus do. Pure and simple. Or was it? How do you begin to put into words the miracles of healing, of feeding the multitudes, or raising the dead? What do you say about someone who eats with sinners and seeks out the poor and needy? This was no easy task the disciples were charged with. Yet they return to John the Baptist with ample evidence that the Messiah was now in their midst and lived among them. Can you feel the excitement and enthusiasm?

Reflection: If Jesus told you to tell a friend what you’ve heard and seen him do, what would you say? When have you felt excited about something Jesus has done?

Prayer: Jesus, you walk among us. Help me to speak clearly and boldly about what I see and
hear you do.

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