Bulletin Letter from December 11 by David Mares

Who are you?

In today’s Gospel, we hear that question posed to John the Baptist.  The priests and Levites ask John, “Who are you?” and he answers with the words of the prophet Isaiah, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,'” (Jn 1:23).  John knew exactly the role God called him to live.  He knew who he was.  He knew that God had prepared him his entire life to be the voice, the one to call God’s people to prepare their lives for the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

As we continue the season of Advent, this Sunday is an intriguing moment in the Church’s liturgical calendar since it is right between two Marian feasts, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  This directs our gaze on the life of Mary and her role as the mother of God.  Through the Immaculate Conception, where the Church teaches that Mary was preserved from every stain of original sin, we see that God was preparing Mary to bear the Son of God in her womb.  God had a plan for Mary, and through her free will, she said “Yes” to who God was calling her to be, to become a living tabernacle of the physical presence of God.

Who are you?

At every Mass, we have the incredible opportunity to become living tabernacles of the physical presence of God through the gift of the Eucharist.  This gift unites us with God so he can pour his graces into our very being, graces that bring strength to live as God calls us.  As we make plans for Christmas, prepare our homes, and shop for gifts, let’s remember to open our hearts to the Eucharist.  Let’s remember how God’s calling us to live, to continually point to Jesus like John the Baptist and Mary.  Let’s remember to be who God is calling us to be as His sons and daughters.

God calls each one of us in different ways, to serve Him and others through the gifts He has given us.

Who are you?

Whoever you are though, He’s simply calling you to a deeper relationship with Him.

 

Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Ministry Intern

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