4th Sunday of Advent 2013
Christmas is almost here. In our homes everything is virtually ready. We have prepared what is needed for celebrating this feast in a lovely and beautiful way. We are probably ready, or almost. Soon we will be celebrating the most beautiful and fascinating feast of new life..... God will become a member of our human family. This historical fact, which took place in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, is even now, two millenniums, later a special and extraordinary sign, a sign of God's love and unalterable decision to invite everybody to join Him in Heaven.
From our childhood days, we remember only the good and warm things that happened in our lives. A beautiful Christmas tree, colorful and bright decorations, snow, a crèche, visiting members of our family, relatives, specially prepared food, presents and carols all this is somehow connected with Christmas. But, we know that all these elements are secondary and nonessential if we do not believe that God is coming to us in this Divine Baby the most important reason for the season. Frankly, it is difficult to believe. We can easily become sentimental and emotional in celebrating Christmas, but rather cold and dry in keeping Christ in Christmas.
It is difficult, because we are citizens of the twenty first century, and we have to prepare a place in our daily life for somebody who essentially we do not know. We are not able to touch Him, to talk with Him, to see Him. Moreover, God is choosing us to be the witnesses to His Son. He will touch others, be heard by others but only through us, through the intermediary of our lives. It is because He chose us as His disciples, as His witnesses. Is it possible?
Obviously, if we pass this time of Christmas at the table or in front of the TV screen it will be impossible to be witnesses to the newborn Christ. We will be celebrating a jolly feast, but we will not get anything deeper from Christmas.
Rather, we should see the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, as a mystery of new life, the birth of a new member of our family, as the birthday of my Best Friend. Let us find a little bit more time for our family, for God, for prayer, for adoration, just for being human. Let us learn how to see Him in our daily life, how to see His presence in those who are in need, and in the normal, even the smallest events of our daily life.
We can give ourselves the best present, the best gift; we can receive Christ into our life, into our families, into our homes and schools, into our hearts.
This is the Birth of God, the Birth of Christ in me.