December 25

Christmas Day

Reflection

Who has known the mind of God? The inner drive that pulls us toward the Divine Mystery forces us to use imagery to supplement the limits of our understanding.  We do not know, yet we have named God whose presence flows in and through an ongoing creation.  As Christians we see Jesus as “the Light of the World,” the one whose light shone in the darkness of our limited understandingWe believe that the Divine Presence shone through him so fully that he raised his followers to a new level of consciousness about God. God was not far away, but near and within us.  God cared for the lowly and oppressed. God knew us intimately. God was love, and we were to love one another as children of this loving God. The light shines in the darkness. We believe in the light. Christmas offers hope. We believe that darkness cannot overcome it.  We know that in our hearts and the hearts of many, the message of light still speaks. We do not really celebrate Christ’s birthday remembering something that happened long ago. We celebrate the stupendous fact of the incarnation, God continuing to take flesh in our midst, in the men and women and children who form God’s body today. And the birth we celebrate is not just the past historical event but Christ’s continuing birth in his members accomplished by the power of the Spirit.

Prayer

Glory to God and on earth peace.

Action

Rejoice in the Meaning of the incarnation in Jesus and in God’s presence in us.

Suggested Reading

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us.
John 1:13-14

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing.
Isaiah 9:1-6

We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
Pope Paul VI

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
Hamilton Wright Mabie 

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.
Agnes M. Pahro

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.
Janice Maeditere

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.
Eric Sevareid

One of the things that Christmas reminds us is that Jesus Christ was once a child.
Hark Herald Sarmiento

 

 

 

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