Many things have happened since my last blog post two weeks ago. Since then, I’ve helped organize two Christmas gatherings, traveled back to the city with my family for the holidays, went to the office, got together with my Bible sharing group for lunch, coffee and the sharing of lives, accompanied my son and his cousins to their Christmas presentation practices for their homeschool group, had dates with my husband, worked from home for a few days since the nanny hadn’t arrived as planned, de-cluttered the room, went shopping…and more!
I’m guessing your life the past few weeks have been similar, maybe even busier. But you know what? In all these things I mentioned, I found Jesus!
Jesus was definitely there when we celebrated Him in our missions community. Our theme was simple: Happy Birthday, Jesus!
He was also there during our homebase community Christmas gathering that we held in solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last month, the title of which was, “Jesus, Our Hope.”
I found Him in the company of spiritual sisters where we all shared about our birthday gifts for Jesus this year.
I found Him when I was stretched out of my comfort zone to have to attend to something new, in a place unfamiliar, in ways different from my own. After all, who could be more out of His comfort zone than the Son of God, who had to leave glorious heaven for messy earth, who had to lay His tender head on stuff made for animals, who had to settle for a manger instead of a cradle, to send the message that He was the Bread of Life for all of humanity, aptly born in Bethlehem — the House of Bread.
I found Him and His peace in a cramped and cluttered area one morning, with a note of thanks and blessing on a paper bag from a pastry shop to my left, birds chirping outside, the aroma of Spanish cuisine being cooked from the kitchen, the noise and laughter of kids playing makeshift basketball in the garage.
I found Him while de-cluttering our room. While cleaning up the dust bunnies on the floor, what came to me was, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Clean up my heart in repentance to make room for the King.
I found Him while waiting in a long line at a food court to order my lunch. Advent is all about waiting, about eager expectation, knowing that what I wait for is, well, definitely worth the wait!
I found Him at Mass yesterday, the third Sunday of Advent — Gaudete Sunday — which celebrated joy. During the homily, as the priest was explaining the Gospel, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about something I had been praying about. What joy that brought me!
There are still other instances left unwritten, and I am thankful for all of these. Sometimes (or maybe many times), these encounters happen in the most unexpected places, but He is there, ready to surprise, ready to bless, ready to make me happy…and to think, He is the Birthday Celebrant! I love You, Jesus!
Thank You, Jesus, that in the midst of this busy season, I find You. Thank You for showing Yourself to me. I still look forward to all the wonderful moments I will spend with You throughout this time. Be born in the stable of my heart once again. Amen.
Have you found Jesus in all the busyness of Christmas? If so, how and where? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments! God bless you!