The Messiah is one of you
They made known the message that had been told them about this child. Luke 2:17
The monks in an ancient monastery were becoming ornery with one another. The abbot sought the guidance of a wise hermit, who said, “The only thing I can tell you is that the Messiah is one of you.”
The monks began to wonder: Who could it be? The abbot who has led us? Brother James, who is always late, yet exudes kindness? Brother Richard, who is so passive, yet always appears when help is needed? Of course, it couldn’t be me; I’m just an ordinary person.
The monks began to treat each other with exceptional respect and kindness on the off chance that one among them might be the Messiah. Because there was the possibility that each monk himself might be the Messiah, they began to treat themselves with extraordinary respect too.
How our world changes when we see everyone as Christ! Today we celebrate not only Jesus’ coming 2000 years ago, but the gift that Jesus is incarnate today – through and in each of us.
DAILY PRACTICE: Each day choose a specific person to treat as though they were the Messiah. They are Christ among us.
ADVENT PRAYER: God Among Us, today is a profound mystery, for which all I can say is thank you. Empower me to do something because of this gift-to be Jesus in my world and to see Jesus in each person.
From: ADVENT 2013. Daily reflections, practices and prayers.
The Promise of Peace. Janet Schaeffler, OP.