THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

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God promises us that always there will be light when we walk with Him. That light is Jesus Himself, who is our light now and always. Jesus comes into the world to save us. Jesus comes as a human, as a baby—innocent and needing the care of his mother and family. Jesus who is God and almighty, becomes a baby defenseless and vulnerable.

Christ is born for us! Christ is born to save the world! Christ is born to take on our humanity so that we can becomes partakers in His divinity. This is a wonderful mystery and there is  no way in which we can understand it completely. It takes our whole lifetime to begin to understand a small part of it. It will take us all eternity to understand just a bit more.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” We don’t know how the gift of prophecy works. This  great Prophet is able to see deeply into the present in such a way that it points to the future. You and I are invited to live the gift of the present deeply so that our present lives  point to our future. Life is full of surprises. Those surprises will be gifts of grace and love in our future if we are living the present with our hearts set on God.

The second reading comes from the Letter to Titus. This reading teaches us to be aware that God has appeared and teaches us to live and to hope and to focus our lives completely on the Lord Jesus Christ. The way to live is to focus on the Lord Jesus and the mysteries of His life.

The Gospel comes from Saint Luke. This account of the birth of Jesus can stay in our hearts and our minds. We need to be able to recall these images over and over. We can recall Joseph and Mary going to enroll in a census of the people. There was no room for them in a normal accommodation so they stay in a stable with animals. There Mary gives birth to Jesus and wraps Him up. The local shepherds and the angels of heaven recognize the birth of the Lord. Jesus is born in humble circumstances so that we can recognize the King of Heaven, the God over all, taking on our  humanity. God humbles Himself and is born in a humble way.

This happens so that we can come to recognize the immense contrast of worldly power with the power of God, who acts in humble  ways to draw us to Himself. It is not in power and might that we should look for the presence of God, but in the lowly and the humble. Once we begin to recognize this mystery of God’s presence, we also can say with the heavenly host: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Jesus is born for us, Christ takes on our flesh for us, God walks in our midst for us. Come, let us adore Him.

Father Jesus