One of my spiritual Rabbis is Cynthis Bourgeault, the master guru of meditation and thought. She writes: “No serious spiritual work is done in one’s comfort zone” and “The opposite of comfort is not discomfort; it is freedom.” When I leave my comfort zone, I am embraced by Love; this is Jesus’s love and is so massive and relentless that people need unique help from God to begin to understand how far this takes us. When we accept our brother, greeting him as family, we talk, we communicate. This s the will of God, for communication is necessary to realize that prayer is communication, and prayer unties us.
We remember Jesus’s teaching, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” I see the wandering stranger, alone, cold in the winter, begging for love, begging for a relationship. . . with a brother As people of God, we invite him to see the light and come in to feel the warmth of God’s love. When we welcome this lost brother, both have found God, both find the love of Jesus, be He in the cradle or on the cross.
As Jesus is born, the Bible tells us that God gives a sign; and a virgin conceives, bearing a son, and calling his name Immanuel. Immanuel, God is with us. God is with us. Not just now, this last day of Advent, but always. . . now and forever. Let us greet the Lord with gladness, hope, charity, and the love of each other.
© Russell Kendall Carter