Search This Blog

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Reflections 2020-12-25 Nativity of the Lord

Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20
We celebrate the birth of Jesus today. The Readings are taken from the Mass at Dawn. It speaks of what the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion. See, your salvation comes: his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. It speaks of what God will do when he comes: he comes to save. This salvation means reward and judgment. When God comes, he will save those who fear him. They shall be called the “holy people”, “The Redeemed of the Lord”, “Sought out”, “A city not forsaken”. This is what the Lord wants to do for us, even in this pandemic. He wants us to himself. He wants to redeem us. He has sought us out and will not forsake us.
God wants to do this for us, that he reveals himself to us through his Son, Jesus Christ. He does all these things, as St Paul said in the Second Reading, not because of any works of righteousness we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. These gifts were given out of his love. He also gives us the Holy Spirit richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. God wants us to be heirs of eternal life. This is a gift he has given us, and is our for the taking. But we need to take this. If we ignore this gift, then this gift is useless.
The shepherds heard the news of the birth of their Christ and they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the child lying in the manger. The shepherds would not have seen Jesus if they ignored the message of the angel. But because they rushed to see the new born Savior, they saw him.
This time of pandemic is very difficult for many of us. The good news is: God has a plan for you: to make you an heir of his kingdom that will never end. He sent his Son Jesus to prove his plan and make this possible for us. The coming of the Son of God does not depend on any human effort. It depends on the grace and power of God. Similarly, in this time of pandemic, we can rush to see Jesus, even when the government has closed the churches. When we have this desire to see Jesus, he will come into our lives, and no government or health officer can stop that from happening, because Jesus is above all earthly authority.
Jesus will surely come to our lives. When he comes, he will call us to himself, he will redeem us, he seeks us out and he will not forsake us. But he will only come to our lives, when we have this desire to seek him. It is never too late to turn to Jesus. This Christmas is different from other Christmases we may have had. But all those things are mere accessories to what is important: Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, and our Savior. We find him when we seek him. We receive him when we ask for him. We enter his life, when we knock on the gates of heaven. Rejoice! God’s love is made visible in Jesus! He has come to fulfill and complete the promises of God if we turn to him.
Lord, thank you for taking on flesh. Thank you for revealing yourself to me. Thank you for coming to redeem me. Thank you for seeking me out and calling me to you. Here I am, I surrender my life to you. I may have lost a lot, but, when I have you, that is enough. Call me to you and never let go of me, because you are all I want.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please feel free to post comments. However, be aware that comments are moderated and may be removed at the author's discretion.