Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
At the birth of Our lord, the world was not dazzled by the splendor and majesty of a king. Instead, God desired to come humbly, embracing poverty from the very beginning. Christians who are familiar with the story of Jesus' birth may wonder in awe and reverence at the scene of the Baby Jesus lying in a manger in a cold Bethlehem stable surrounded by Mary and Joseph and a few animals. On this night, nearby shepherds were visited by an angel and told of the Savior's birth, "and suddenly there were with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will." (Luke 2:13-14). The Roman Martyrology says that Jesus desired to "consecrate the world by His most merciful coming." In this mystery of Christ's birth, He whom the heavens cannot contain comes to us in the most humble and unintimidating manner, that of a tiny babe, inviting us to draw closer in the same way the shepherds sought out the Divine Infant to pay Him homage.
(Excepted from Tan Books, 2005 Saints Calendar.)