What is Jesus Giving to You Today?

During Advent, What is Jesus Giving to You Today will take the place of What is Jesus Saying to You Today. These short reflections will focus on the presents that Jesus gives you in the daily Gospel reading.

December 3: Laborers

Today read carefully Mt 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8.

The present of laborers must be a very good one because Jesus tells you to ask for it. He wants to give you this present and he also wants you to want this present, to care about it enough to ask.

So why is this present so great? Because the more laborers there are, the more the Kingdom of God can grow. Look around at the world as it is and then imagine how it could be if everyone kept the command to love. Then ask God for this gift and ask him to make you a laborer too.

December 2: Sight

Today read carefully Mt 9:27-31.

No one wants to be without sight. But do you know how to use this gift? Do you take the time to truly see all of the beautiful people and things that God has put into your life? In addition to our physical sight, God gives us spiritual sight. We should use this gift to try to see things as God sees them.

December 1: Words

Today read carefully Mt 7:21, 24-27.

From morning to night, we are surrounded by words: people talking, printed words, words on signs. Most of them pass through our lives and disappear. But the words of Jesus are different. If we let them take root in our hearts, they will produce wonderful fruit.

November 30: Missionaries

Today read carefully Mt 4:18-22.

For 2000 years, men and women have been giving up their lives—sometimes as martyrs, sometimes as living sacrifices— to bring the good news around the world. We know about Jesus thanks to this unbroken chain of witnesses. Be grateful for this gift in your life and don’t be a broken link in this chain. You also can bring the Good News to a waiting world.

November 29: Knowledge of the Father

Today read carefully Lk 10:21-24.

Who is the Father? He is our life, our existence, our source, our very being. But how can we know him? “He who sees me has seen the Father.” Jesus gives us this gift. As we look at Jesus and come to know him, we also come to know our Father.

November 28: Healing (and Faith)

Today read carefully Mt 8:5-11.

Everyone wants healing. But do we notice when we receive it? How many times have you received this gift for your mind, for your heart, for your body, for a friend, when you were paralyzed by fear, when you were blind to the truth, when you were deaf to God’s word? We should be full of gratitude; in our hearts, we should carry a list of all the healings we have received.

Instead, we often carry the list of the healing presents that we haven’t received. We look at what we’ve received and complain, “Is that all there is?”

But if we use the bonus gift of faith, we can look forward with confidence to the good things to come.

November 27: Preparation

Today read carefully Mt 24:37-44.

When you are making a present or planning a surprise for someone, you need a lot of preparation to make sure that it is completed on time.

But wouldn’t it be odd if one of your gifts was preparation? Jesus gives us time to prepare as a present so that we can be ready to receive even greater gifts.