O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people,
come set us free, Lord our God.
The gift that Christ offers us at Christmas is the gift of his presence. It is the vision of life loosened from physical needs and spiritual confusion. This presence is good news for the poor, sight to the blind, liberty for captives and a time for recognizing God’s favor. True freedom exists in Jesus Christ. We want to let go of the things that prevent our freedom not only personally but communally. We long for the message of the good news preached by Jesus. It is a call to change, to transform our desires, to sublimate our conditions and, in the true freedom of a new perspective, to find peace.
O Come. O Come, Emmanuel!
What would set me free? How can I work toward this?
The Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way…
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
The miracle is not to walk on water, but to walk with love on earth,
as if your feet are kissing the ground.
We must remember that our presence alone is a miracle.
We must learn to say ‘Yes’ to the miracles of life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.
And what you thought you came for
Is only a shell, a husk of meaning
From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled
If at all.