Educating for the Lived Gospel #304

But with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth (Is 11:4).
 
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. How should we prepare for God-with-us? The passage is clear – by ensuring that we follow God’s example and care for those in need. This stands in stark contrast with how they would normally be treated – the poor would get rough judgment and the meek of the earth would be stomped on. This sad truth continues today.
 
For young and old alike, preparing for Christmas can involve buying gifts for our loved ones. There is absolutely a place for acknowledging and celebrating our family and friends at Christmas – they are God’s heart and hands in our lives. As adults, it is our role to challenge our young people to also care for those in need at Christmas, as well as provide opportunities for them to do so.
 
Have a great week!
Patrick

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