The checklist of the Messiah. Bring glad tidings to the poor. Proclaim liberty to captives. Recover sight for the blind. Let oppressed go free. Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. These were the very things Jesus told the disciples of John when they came asking if Jesus was the Messiah. And during this Christmas season, it is important for us to focus on the fact that we believe Jesus is the Messiah. He does these things. And more.
So let us take some time to think about how we conceive of Jesus. First, as Catholics, what are some things we believe about Jesus. Well, we believe Jesus is both human and divine, we believe Jesus is the second person of the Blessed Trinity. We believe that Jesus loves us. We believe that Jesus suffered and died for our sins, and then rose again. But perhaps most of all, we believe that a personal relationship with Jesus, not simply with the human Jesus when he was on earth two thousand years ago, but with the divine Jesus too that is alive and active today. We can have a personal relationship with Jesus.
This is possible because of love. It is not because our love is primary, but that God’s love is primary. We heard that yesterday. But because God loves us, God desires for us to be in the loving relationship we are invited to have with God. This means first coming to the profound realization and acceptance that we are lovable because God loves us. It is also important for us to recognize that because we are loved by God, not only is this personal relationship with Jesus possible, it can change the way we interact with the world.