Fired by love's urgent longings, I am his rocketman.

The Father sent Jesus for us, born of virgin, a baby, to become a man, to live as we live and to die for us, in our place, so that we can live with them, in love, forever.  Nothing about this makes any sense, but it works.  There is something about the mystery of God becoming man, in the birth of Jesus, that penetrates into the deepest part of my being.  I cannot explain it but when I contemplate it, I know something about the love of the Father, deep inside of me, that I didn’t know before.

There are so many things about our lives that are hard, hard to understand, hard to experience, hard to want to do, hard to do and and hard to live through.  If given the choice there are many things that we experience in our day to day lives that we would either avoid or change, but we can’t.  Mostly, we just want are problems to go away or we want someone to fix them.  Sometimes there is no where for our problems to go and some problems cannot be fixed.  It’s even possible that our problems are the best things we have going for us.  How is that possible?

Because they help us make room for Jesus in our lives.  Many times we would be much better off, if instead of trying to fix what we consider broken in ourselves or others, we simply invite Jesus to come in.  He is divine after all and he has everything we need:  more love, more grace, more power, more courage, more strength.  Whatever we need, whatever those we love need, He is.  At times our circumstances need to change and we should try to change them when we can.  But there are times, when we need to change, and in those times, we need more of Jesus.  He is always willing to give us more of himself if we are willing to make room for him.

St. John of the Cross offers the following advice to help us make room for more of Jesus.  He writes,  “Endeavor to be inclined always:  not to the easiest, but to the most difficult; not to the most delightful, but to the most distasteful; not to the most gratifying, but to the less pleasant; not to what means rest for you, but to hard work … ” (The Ascent of Mount Carmel Book One, Chapter 13, paragraph 6)

At times, the best remedy for what ails us is to embrace it.  To choose to walk right through the challenges of life and to trust Jesus to walk side by side with us and to give us whatever it is that we need to get to the other side.

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