December 24

Christmas Eve
Reflection

 Christmas Eve is a time of anticipation. Each of us holds a store of memories that sustain us. We feel a sense of hope and the promise of good news. For us this Advent has been a dark time, and the darkness in our nation lies heavy on our hearts. Separation has made us realize how much we miss connection. Necessary restrictions have made us realize how important the familiar rituals are. Yet, we can still live in the expectation that the light will come In spite of all that is happening. We genuinely offer wishes to one another for happiness and peace, and, in this special time, we are aware that in deepest reality we are all one. We look toward Christmas and believe in “God with us.”

 Prayer

Let every heart prepare him room.

Action

Reflect on the symbols of Christmas and probe their meaning for you. How can you keep them meaningful this year? Do you believe that in deep reality we are all one?

Suggested Reading

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

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 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

We desire to be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas time not in a cold manger of our heart but in a heart full of love and humility, in a heart so pure and so warm with love for one another.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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 of people despised because of their lowly social status.
Michael Morwood 

The great challenge left to us is to cut through all the glitz and glam of the season that has grown increasingly secular and commercial, and be reminded of the beauty of the One who is Christmas.
Bill Crowder

  

 

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