Each year, our Faith or the tradition, has guided us to church, today, to take part in the Mass.
Each year, we listen to the story of the Nativity of Christ and, each year, we are once again celebrating Christmas.
We send the same Christmas wishes to friends and relatives, and often sing the same Christmas carols. Apparently, everything is the same, repeated every year in the same sequence. Only, at our tables someone is missing there is an empty place where normally that person would be.
I am a bit older, maybe a little wiser and more modern and more eloquent, but at the same time, more tired and busier, and frankly, weaker and more fragile.
And what about God?
Throughout the centuries, He is the same, unchanged, unaltered, eternal and, with every Christmas He is becoming one among us, " Emmanuel", God with us.
Is He closer to me every year?
Am I closer to Him every year? For centuries He is the same Triune God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is constantly trying to offer me a deeper faith, more authentic love and stronger hope. He is striving to have a place in my life.
And what about the world? Throughout the centuries and millenniums, the world is becoming more beautiful, more attractive, more tempting, trying to overwhelm me, trying to take over my faith, my love, my hope and finally my life. The world is constantly trying to separate my from God, to delay me in my journey to Bethlehem. To distract me so that I have no time, no possibility to meet the newborn Christ. The world is trying to distract me and prevent me from listening and seeing that He is weeping over a world that is becoming more Godless.
But, we are here today! We have come to the crib, to kneel down and recognize Him as the Son of God. Today, we have come to church to worship and to meditate on this mystery of God's Love. We have come to ask Him to constantly be present among us, so that the world through its sins does not fall away from His love. We have come for ourselves, as well, to ask Him to protect us from falling away from His love.
Let us pray, that in our world, we will see God's presence in our fellow man.