Jesus, being a carpenter, thinks in terms of building. For instance, He thinks that life is like building a house. Our lives must be founded on Him, the Rock-Foundation (1 Cor 3:11), or they will collapse under the stress of the storms of life (Mt 7:26-27). We found our lives unshakably on Christ by hearing and obeying His words (Mt 7:24).
This new church year also is like building a house. If we establish and strengthen our foundation on the Lord during these Advent and Christmas seasons, we will spend this year building an "edifice of spirit" (1 Pt 2:5) for God's glory. Otherwise, our faith will erode and gradually be undermined during this new year. We must start the year with a solid Advent and strong Christmas.
This Advent is also like building a house, the house of Christmas. Christmas will not just appear twenty-one days from now; it must be built. As we repent, forgive, go to Confession, pray, fast, evangelize, serve, and suffer in obedience to the Lord, we will see the Lord, God, Carpenter, and Baby of Bethlehem form Christmas in us and then in the world.
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2008.