Above all joys, big or little that human beings may experience during their short life on earth, there is one joy far superior to all those earthly joys: God became man, assumed the body of a man, his divinity, hidden in it, for 33 years! What an amazing mystery!
God loved us so much that He could not let us be eternally separated from Him by the Original Sin of pride, disobedience, which caused human beings to become mortal! He wanted to assume a human body in order to dwell among us and to reveal His Father’s Eternal Love. God is not distant anymore: He has a face, the face of Jesus. If we are tempted to doubt God’s love for us let us hear again:
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that those who believe in Him may not perish, but may have life everlasting” (John 3,16)
We should never be “blasé” about hearing this message year after year as it surpasses all our earthly hope. Society cannot offer any hope of eliminating suffering and death.
Technology, computers and smart phones cannot bring that joy of being loved by our Heavenly Father, waiting in hope to see Him face to face. The Magi were the scientists of the time in a way, but they were open to God beyond their great knowledge. They were searchers of truth and wisdom and because of their humility and desire for God’s Revelations, they found the Wisdom Incarnate who said: “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14).
Jesus, God made flesh, is adored by the little shepherds and the Magi. The simple and the wise prostrate side by side in silence before the baby God, our Saviour.
Let us rejoice and share this great mystery withothers, especially with those who are undergoing trials and have no joy in their hearts. Let us ask God to increase faith, hope and charity in our heart and to bring the good news of the Incarnation of God to those who have never heard about it.
The Brothers of St John wish you all a grace-filled Christmas and warmly invite you to celebrate their patron Saint at the Solemn 12:05pm Mass of St John,
December 27th. (Talk on St John at 10am, parish hall, adoration 11am to noon, potluck at 1:15pm)
May God bless all your families.