December 24

Christmas Eve

Reflection

“We attend Christmas services in great numbers …because they move us. They touch our hearts. The symbolism is remarkable and remarkably powerful. They begin in darkness and proclaim new life. In the midst of our winter darkness, the midnight service on Christmas Eve celebrates Jesus, the light in our darkness, the light of the world who…shines in our heart. We sing, “Let every heart prepare him room”. The Christian life is about a new heart, an open heart, a heart of flesh, a heart of compassion. The Christian life is about the Spirit of God opening our hearts…”
Marcus Borg, The Heart of Christianity

Prayer

Let every heart prepare him room.

Action

I will reflect on the symbols of Christmas and probe their meaning for my spiritual insights.

Suggested Reading

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent Jesus, born of a woman, born under the Law.
Galatians 4:4

For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.
Ti 2:11-14

Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son… He will be great and will be called
the Son of the Most High.
Luke 1:31

In night’s deep silence,
Clear a voice rings through
Rise up, ye shepherds,
God is born to you:
Quickly now and go ye over.
Seek where Bethlehem
star does hover
Haste to greet your Lord.
Polish Hymn

The people in darkness have seen a great light
For a child has been born his dominion is wide.
For who has known the mind of God
To God be glory forever.
Gentle Night CD

The Christmas story will always be the story of God here with us in the ordinary, the everyday, the chaos, the shabbiness of a stable, the flight into exile, the love between a man and a woman, the birth of a child and in people despised because of their lowly social status.
Michael Morwood

 

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