Dear Friends in Jesus Christ, Merry Christmas to you all!
Christmas is one of holiest celebrations of Christianity. But it is frustrating and disappointing when we repeat the same mistake over and over again. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He was completely missed by all, except the few shepherds and animals. Today, he goes unnoticed as well; for Christmas has become the most commercialized Christian celebration. I know we all are very busy, but if you can, make a little free time for Him. Go to the crèche and look at Baby Jesus. He really wants to teach you a lot of things in your life.
Did you limit this great mystery of incarnation, which sheds lights and inspiration into your everyday life, into a simple party? Let us take the Baby born in Bethlehem a little more seriously. Jesus, born in the manger, in scarcity of everything, invites us to think about our lifestyle. Simplicity is what He teaches first. We have made this celebration a time of squandering and luxury. You can make your life joyful with simplicity. This is the time to pray to Baby Jesus to give us the grace of contentment. It is when you live a simple life, that you experience the Divine dignity you were created in.
Baby Jesus, born in the manger, teaches us how to be free of stress. God came into history without any force or stress. We read in the Bible, in the Book of Kings, Prophet Elijah waiting for God’s coming. There came a wild wind, but God was not there. Then came a massive thunderstorm, but God was not there. Then came a destructive earthquake, but God was not there. After a while, there came a breeze so gentle and God was there and he called the Prophet, Elijah…Jesus teaches us that God comes to us so calm and quiet. But we make our life and others lives so miserable through our stress and frustration. Look at Baby Jesus, He will smile at you and teach you that it is not through frustration and anger that you win your life, but with meekness. Jesus taught us to learn from Him, for He is meek and humble of heart.
The Baby in the manger teaches us that the human body is the dwelling place of God. Do you know which is the most ancient temple where God is? It is the human body. According to the Bible, God created man from the clay and made him alive by breathing into him his life giving breath. God came into the human heart to dwell there. When man forgot this truth, God was conceived in the womb of a woman, to remind us that the human body is the dwelling place of God. Now God Incarnate, as a human being, teaches you that your body is very important. Look at the Baby Jesus in the crèche and ask how do treat the temple of God, both your own and others. Pray to God to give us the grace to respect and avoid all the abuses to it.
Again the Baby in the manger teaches us that your family is so important. It is in human relationships that he came into history. He asks us to pause and take a deep look back into our relationships; as a family and as a friend and all other relationship aspects. The Baby Jesus in the manger teaches us that we have to handle with care our relationships and friendships. If egoism is overpowering your relationships It is time to step back and take stock. Let us pray to God that he gives us the grace to take our relationships seriously.
After the hustle-n-bustle of celebrations are over, try to stop by the crèche and take a long look at the Baby in the crèche…He wants to talk to you. I hope you have time for Him! Jesus Loves you and your family…May his Love and Joy be more visible in this season of Christmas. Merry Christmas!
God Bless You,