The First Reading for Mass During the Day on Christmas proclaims:
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!” (Isaiah 52:7)
I’ve said this before here on Catechist’s Journey, but it bears repeating: catechists have the most beautiful feet! Why? Because catechists are the ones who, day in and day out, bring glad tidings, announce peace, bear good news, and announce salvation to those they teach. What do each of these mean in practical terms?
- Catechists bring glad tidings. Some tidings (news) cause fear, while other tidings cause sadness. The tidings that catechists announce bring joy and gladness—another word for delight. And what are those tidings? That God is with us!
- Catechists announce peace. Peace is the reality that happens when God’s will and human wills intersect. Catechists announce peace by announcing that God is with us and that his will is accessible.
- Catechists bear good news. Catechists bring the good news that God is near to us! And we don’t just bring it; we “bear it,” which means that we embody it.
- Catechists announce salvation. Catechists do not announce self-improvement; we announce salvation! And this salvation comes to us as a Person: Jesus Christ, who is not just a wise man, a good teacher, or a deep philosopher. He is our Savior, the One who saves us from that over which we have no power: sin (separation from God).
And so, as we celebrate the glorious Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, I once again thank you—all catechists—for your beautiful feet!