In a past life, I have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places. Yet, I have not seen what my peers have seen.
For example, I cannot count the number of times I have been to Mexico City but never saw the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tepeyac Hill. I have passed through airports in major cities all close by to a religious site but did not have the time or ability to visit these places because I was always on business trips. I feel embarrassed when people ask if I have seen this or that only to say yes, I was in that city but never saw what you saw. I listen with envy to people sharing their travels. Telling about their desires and hopes when they visit these religious sites. Amazing is the word that comes to mind.
Although I have not seen the religious sites, I have experienced God in those same locations in the people I worked with. I am not sure how it happens but in our conversations, we would always share something about the faith. And I have met people who believe in God but have not set foot in church for decades. I know others who pray all the time but have insecurities and doubts. In each person I know I have witnessed God by accepting that person as a child of God. And no two people are alike, but they are all loved equally by God.
Tomorrow we start the “O Antiphons”. More on that later. Tonight, sing ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ as you go out to see the God who comes to us.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen