It is reported that, in filming the 1959 movie "Ben-Hur," the star of the movie Charlton Heston performed all of his own stunts. That meant that, for months before the shooting, Heston had to learn to drive a horse-drawn chariot.
By the time shooting was to begin, Heston told the stunt coordinator that he was confident that he could keep the horses and chariot on track throughout the scene, but he didn't think he would be able to win the race. The stunt coordinator assured him, "You just stay in the chariot; I'll make sure you win the race."
That illustration can be helpful to us as we reflect on the life of grace. Through baptism we are welcomed into the Church and the Body of Christ. It is Christ who wins for us the race. All that is required of us is to stay in the chariot.
That means that we are to abide in the Church and in a life of prayer. As we do the Good Shepherd leads us. We are to remain in a state of grace. That means that if we have mortal sin on our soul we are to confess our sin and strive to turn away from our sins. We are to remain connected to the Sacraments through which our Lord heals and nourishes us and imparts to us divine life.
God has set in place a divine rescue mission. In that revealed mission we must truly entrust ourselves.
"As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind" (2 Kings 2:11).
Thanks for a beautiful celebration of Christmas. Let's go forth now and live the whirlwind life of grace,