09 Jan January Blues (Lk 5:15) by Dr. Rich Reich
“The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments.” ~ Lk 5:15 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: With only a few days left of the Christmas season, we may feel depressed because Christmas has passed us. The Christmas tree is by the curbside, family has already returned home, and our first Monday back to work is looming over our head. We may have had high hopes for a spiritual change this Christmas, but were left disappointed. We may feel rejected and sinking deeper into a cold January depression, and the snowy weather does not help. Nevertheless, Jesus has saved the best of Christmas till last (Jn 2:10). We can receive the full glory of Christmas at the end of the Christmas season (Mt 20:12) even if we have messed up Christmas so far (e.g, did not prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus during Advent). We must be like the “man full of leprosy” in the Gospel today and come to Jesus, bow down, and say “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” (Lk 5:12) If we offer ourselves to Jesus, He will open His arms to meet us. We will be cured, receive Christ, have Christmas, and be empowered for the new year.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio..
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