From a young age, we pick up on when our parents or guardians are pleased with us. For example, my mother was more pleased with me when I did the dishes or took out the trash, and less pleased with me when she would find me staying up late playing Gameboy under my covers!
As children of God we are called to carry Christ’s light wherever we go, and in whatever we do. That means that even our seeming ordinary, everyday activities are infused with meaning and purpose as we participate in God’s work in the world.
Many of us who didn’t grow up around sheep probably tend to think of sheep as these warm, cuddly, soft animals that are always clean and smell great. If we could, we’d just to just hold a nice cuddly little lamb in our arms…
Mary’s song in Luke 1 shows us that Mary was not content with the status quo. And she must have passed that along to her son, who did indeed start a revolution – although it was a revolution of love, not of hate. A revolution of compassion, rather than vengeance.
Coming home is a joyous occasion when we know we’ll be loved and accepted. But what do we do if and when we’ve wronged the people who love us?