My Dear Parishioners,
Christmas, the Holiday of Love, of Peace and of Joy comes to us once again as the blessed certainty of the boundless love of God and of His compassion for men.
Christmas reflects the firmament of Heaven in our eyes, makes our countenances smile, puts blessings on our lips, fills our hands with gifts and our spirits with exaltation, cleanses the soul, makes the heart leap with joy and brings light and hope into our life.
On Christmas Day there is neither darkness nor the freeze of cold, for the Divine Infant of Bethlehem lights up and warms all things. He, the Infant that creates anew the Cosmos; the only Begotten Son and Word of God Who became the Infant for our Salvation.
As present day Christians, too few of us find the time to seek out the deeper and soul-saving meaning of Christmas. We speak of the spirit of Christmas without really comprehending it in its entirety. We try to find the significance and the message in Christmas-time preachings and writing, instead of in our hearts.
We fear to venture into the deeper reality of the supernatural miracle, which we view as an idyllic scene, framed with angels and magi and shepherds, to an accompaniment of heavenly hymns and psalms with “peace on earth” and “good will toward men” as their theme.
At Christmas, our hearts do not speak of a birth of our own, of our being re-born, of humility, of purification, of spiritual elevation or of moral perfection. Yet in these are the true meaning and the message of Christmas, which stirs our being.
Our Church has expressed this sentiment in a hymn which is chanted from the Holiday of the presentation of Our Lady on November 21 until Christmas night. But how little heed we give to it! Let us hearken to it, for this once! It is not too late. The wakefulness of understanding takes only a moment. So let us seize upon the message of the hymn, which says:
“Christ is born, glorify Him! Christ has come from the Heavens,
receive Him! Christ is on Earth, elevate yourselves!”
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