Paul’s brief but eloquent letter to Titus, a young convert from Crete who became his devoted missionary assistant, carries a memorable message for 21st century humans. Our self-imposed schedules have become so frenzied that little or no time is left for living our inner life, for reflection or for prayer. What are we really preparing ourselves for? As Paul reminds Titus, we don’t have to do anything at all to “qualify” for the greatest gift of all, God’s saving grace, “poured out on us richly” through a baby whose birth was scarcely noticed at the time. Getting ready for Christmas is less about doing things and more about being who we are because of Jesus’ presence.
Lord, let me experience your righteous judgment with joy and thanksgiving. Amen. — PF