O God, You have chosen the apostles to make disciples of all nations and by baptism and confirmation have called all of us to build up Your Holy Church.
bring you good news of great joy! A child is born to us, a Saviour given to us, and His name is Jesus.
From all eternity this was God’s plan. The One Who sees all knew we would be in need. From heaven has come the One to set us free. Everywhere in the world people are celebrating. For over 2,000 years we have marked this birthday, when heaven and earth have been joined in love.
Many will celebrate this day as just a holiday with many secular trappings. But still more will celebrate the holy day. The hand of God which reached out to create, has reached out again to re-create. It is the birth of a child. It is the re-birth of a people. Only a God totally in love with His creation would cause the Creator and the created to meet in this act of love. Imagine it!
A young woman, not experienced in the ways of the world, trusted enough to say, "yes". The Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit, sent the Son. In this one act of confidence, knowing God as she did, the world is changed forever.
The greatest compliment to be paid; the surest sign of faith to be affirmed, as when God became like one of us. Divinity enters humanity. And now humanity may reach for the Divine.
But even in this miracle the world had trouble giving Him a place. There was no room in the inn. The stable, where the animals were oblivious to what was happening, shared their home. The Child — the Holy Innocent, from the very beginning was not welcomed by all.
If we had been there, would we have given up our room in the inn? Would we have taken Jesus out of the stable and given Him a home? Would we have made Him warm and welcome?
Over 2000 years later, Jesus is still here. He’s present in the Holy Word of the Gospel, the Good News. He’s present in the sacraments, treasures left for us to open and celebrate. He’s present in His people, called to be holy as His Church.
The animals in the stable made room for Him, though unconcerned for their Holy Guest. They would not be influenced, not changed, by this Holy Intrusion. Once He left the stable, He was forgotten.
On this holy day, take Jesus out of the stable and give Him a home in your heart. With the angels let us sing His praises, "Glory to God in the highest heaven," and know that God has touched the world.
And never again will the world be the same.