The Christmas Word

In the Infant Jesus, the Christmas Word has been proclaimed to you. And that proclaimed Word has three stages: First, the anxious waiting. It is expressed by the lips of a Hebrew prophet, Isaiah: all those endless days when a people walked in darkness, when the land was deeply shadowed, when joy was indeed there but ambiguous and muted, when the experience of God’s people stressed a yoke that weighs, a bar across the shoulders, an oppressing rod. But He will come.

Second, the actual coming. It is expressed in the simplest of narratives: a journey and a birth, shepherds watching and angels singing, good news, great joy, to be shared by all. He has come.

Third, the theological reflection. In this child so anxiously awaited, so simply come, in him God’s grace has been revealed, salvation has been made possible for all, we are to give up everything that does not lead to God, and wait in hope. He will come again.

Christmas is an invitation for each one of us to discover in ourselves a dimension of goodness, which we call Jesus Christ. It’s an invitation to let that dimension shine forth into the darkness of today’s world.

Christmas celebrates the fact that the infinite God, at a point in time, crossed an unimaginable border and personally entered our world. The Christmas image of Jesus is that of a light shining in the darkness. Christmas celebrates the fact that when Jesus entered our darkened world hope also entered.

What Jesus was to the world of his time, he wants us to be to the world of our time. We too must be a beam of light in the midst of darkness. We, too, must be a ray of hope in the midst of despair.

Christmas is an invitation for each one of us to be for the world what Jesus was to his world: a beam of light in the midst of darkness, a ray of hope in the midst of despair.

If Jesus is to be born into today’s world, it must be through us. We must be the beam of light in the midst of darkness. We must be the ray of hope in the midst of despair.

To the extent that we heed the invitation of Christmas, to that extent will the world receive the gift of Christmas: peace on earth and goodwill toward all.

A Blessed Christmas to You All!

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