Proclaiming, pondering, praising--these three are responses in Luke's account of the Christ child's birth. "They made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them" (Luke 2:17-18). I wonder (dare I say worry?) if we have become anesthetized. Numbed by daily revelations of bad news, we seem unable to be amazed by good news. Yet, it was the good news of Jesus' birth that the shepherds proclaimed.
Amid our Advent preparations, none may be as important as preparing to proclaim Christ. Proclaiming Christ is the central work of those called to the ministry of word and sacrament and the vocation of all the baptized. For this task, we need to be fervent in prayer, faithful in studying Scripture and mentored by others.
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