In the midst of busy Christmas preparations, this reflection is going to be a bit shorter than it usually is.
Christmas is a wonderful time! It is a time for friendship, for family, and for tradition. The holiday brings a lot of people to Church whom we don’t usually see, and that is a blessing. Presents, music, and good food are all found at a Christmas party. Many of us get a break from our usual work routines between Christmas and the New Year. Old friends and family arrive back in town, and we are able to get reacquainted. All of these things may happen during this time of the year, and they are very good. But they are not the heart of Christmas joy.
When we reflect on Christmas, we are drawn to the manger. We see in the manger a baby boy. This baby boy, the Son of Mary, is also the Divine Word of God. Have you stopped to think about how significant this truth is? One day, people were able to look at the face of an infant, and look into the eyes of God. We all know how helpless infants are. They are so dependent upon their parents for everything. They cannot survive in this world without the love of family. God willingly put Himself in that position, a position of total dependence upon Mary and Joseph. This is the same God whose mind contained the earth and the heavens, and every person who ever has or will walk upon this earth. How humble, how trusting, is our God!
There is no way that we can fully repay this great gift of love. God does not ask us to repay this gift. He only asks for the love of our hearts. This Christmas, my question for you is, “Do you love God with all your heart?” Maybe this question could be asked in a different way, “do you intend to love God with all your heart?” We all fall short of that full love, because we are sinners. But do you want to love God with your all, your everything? Our world has pushed God out. How can we push our Creator and Redeemer out?
It might be too much to ask the world to give all its love to the newborn Savior – this is something it will never choose to do. But might it be appropriate to ask you, the reader, a single individual, to give God your all? I think that we can try.
A final thought – in giving God your love, your all, remember to make this a concrete action in your life. It cannot merely be a hidden spiritual devotion. Make it real in your relationships with our brothers and sisters.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! The blog will return with a new post on January 5.