An Advent Reflection
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If we put the birth of Jesus in context, we see that his presence started a revolution. For those who wanted security, they heard his message as a guarantee of eternal life. For those who desired esteem, they received his gospel as an assurance of forgiveness. And for those who longed for a sense of control, his words communicated that justice would be served, that the meek would inherit the earth. It is the same for us today.
The irony, however, is that before an outer revolution could take place way back then — as is true for us today — an inner change in orientation was necessary. The birth of this new perspective is what we celebrate each year as we commemorate the entry of Jesus into the world.
What is this perspective that has the power to create a revolution?
Very simply, it puts love first — before my need for security, esteem, and power.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Do not judge.
When Jesus is born anew in us, it means that we are aligning with the action of love. And every time even one of us aligns with love, the consequences in our lives — in our relationships and our impact in the greater community — is revolutionary.
May your mind be peaceful and calm, may your body be relaxed and comfortable, and may your heart be filled with love.
Thank you for reading.
Blessings and gratitude, Ani