Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Before Epiphany

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite toys was Teddy Ruxpin. He was a talking bear, given life through batteries. When he would start speaking slowly or stop talking, my dad would simply recharge the batteries and Teddy was good to go. 

Have you ever felt like you were empty, perhaps almost lifeless? If so, I'm sure you'll agree it's a terrible feeling. How can we revive ourselves? How can we once again experience the true joy of our amazing God-given lives?

There were two phrases in today's first reading that spoke to me, the first being that the victor over the world is the one who believes in Jesus Christ. This simple phrase offers so much comfort and hope! When the world is flashing before our eyes, when everything seems to be going wrong and we just want to give up, we can find comfort in knowing that our faith in Jesus provides us with the strength and power we need to overcome any worldly troubles. 

Secondly, the Spirit, the water, and the Blood all agree. To me, this embodies the unity of not only God, but of my entire being. When there is a disconnect between the three, I feel restless, and when the disconnect is grave, the feeling of emptiness begins to take over, and the liveliness within me slowly vanishes; my life battery has run low. How do I pick myself back up? The answer is so simple yet so difficult-- prayer. By spending time with our Father, he recharges me piece by piece, and in time the life that slowly withered away returns with greater strength and joy.

As we begin this new year, I encourage you to examine your life's battery. Is it fully charged or in need of recharging?

reflected by Audrey Orda

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