Reflections - December 25, 2016

“The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.  And this will be a sign for you:  you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”  Lk. 2:10-11.
 
A few days ago I read a sign in the back of a car that said:  “I am unique and unrepeatable”.
 
Today at the birth of the Son of God this phrase comes to mind:  “unique and unrepeatable”.  This is the Good News of the God that created us in His image and likeness.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life”.  Jn. 3:16.
 
Salvation came to us through this fragile child, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  He is “unique and unrepeatable”.  His fingerprints, his mind, his heart, his love, his body, his blood, soul and divinity were incarnated in His mother’s womb, Mary, conceived without original sin.
 
We celebrate the mystery of “God, who abandoned his greatness and loved us to the extreme” running the risk of incarnating into our humanity and suffering for our salvation”.
 
Yet humble shepherds, magi and some habitants received that Good News of Salvation with joy because the mystery of the Incarnation was given with humility in a manger.  Today also that “great, unique, and unrepeatable joy” can become dark and not be heard amongst so much extroversion.
 
For those who try to listen with humility and a simple heart this night becomes good news of love and appreciation to Him who is our Savior.  It becomes an invitation to bring this good news of Peace and Salvation to those who are lonely.  It is possible that the only gospel some will hear tonight is the example of our life.  What the “unique and unrepeatable” Lord and Savior has done in us.
 
This night we give to Mary our poor heart, silent and empty, so that her Child will fill it with humility, hope and charity.  Remember that on this night only those who bow their heads before the mystery of the unique and unrepeatable love of God will enter into the manger in Bethlehem.
 
Let us ask in Communion to be carriers of this Christian joy by living a sober and coherent life with what “the unique and unrepeatable” brought us, our Salvation.
 
Merry Christmas!