For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”(John 3:16-17) God sent his only Son to Earth to save us, because he loves us! Being Christian means that we have had an encounter with an event, a person. God has made himself visible in Jesus Christ, Love and Truth itself. Pope Benedict stated that, “contact with the visible manifestations of God’s Love can awaken within us a feeling of joy born of the experience of being loved. But this encounter also engages our will and our intellect. Acknowledgement of the living God is one path toward love, and the “yes” of our will to his will unites our intellect, will and sentiments in the all -embracing act of love. Love is never “finished or complete;
throughout life, it changes and matures, and thus remains faithful to itself.” God himself is more present to us than we are to ourselves. When we surrender all to God, God’s presence increases in us and we are filled with joy. Every time we choose to surrender our lives to God, “there shines forth a tiny light that has its source in the great central light that is the grace of God.” (A. Speyer) Everything we surrender will come to us under the guidance of grace and we must have confidence, because the grace we seek has sought us first. Many of us feel that our state in life has been blessed by God, while others feel that their state of life has been inflicted upon them, or wish for something more in their lives. What a beautiful gift it would be for all of us this Christmas, to be satisfied; to give the infant Savior the gift of gratitude for our faith, our hope, and his unending love for us. Let’s share the love of Christ with others, being mindful of those who feel inflicted with the pain of loneliness due to the loss of a loved one, or are in a circumstance where they feel abandoned or left out.

“Stay with me Lord, for I desire to love you and always be in your company.”