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Monday, December 30, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 12/30/2013


    
The Soul feels its worth
  
Baby Jesus  
 
(c) Mary TV 2013


J.M.J.
December 30, 2013
 
Dear Family of Mary!

"Little children, today in a special way, Jesus desires to come to dwell in each of your hearts and to share with you your every joy and pain. Therefore, little children, today in a special way, peer into your hearts and ask yourselves if the peace and joy of the birth of Jesus have truly taken hold of your hearts. Little children, do not live in darkness, aspire towards the light and towards God's salvation. Children, decide for Jesus and give Him your life and your hearts, because only in this way will the Most High be able to work in you and through you." (December 25, 2013, Jakov)

This is such a beautiful message. Our Lady shares with us the essence of the Incarnation. Jesus, in His Nativity, desires to come and dwell in each of us. He comes to be one of us. He comes to share with each of us our individual joys and pains. We are no longer alone. Jesus is in each of us, with each of us, united to us intimately, by His love and His presence.

This message reminds me of a simple line in a famous Christmas Hymn, "O Holy Night." The line is this:

Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.

I am always deeply touched by this line. How long has the world struggled under the weight of sin? How long has mankind continued to destroy itself? And how incredible is it that the Son of God would choose to become Son of Man, and join us in this terribly broken world, taking on our pain and sorrow, and our joy as well. This coming of Jesus reveals to each of us the worth of our soul. Our soul is worth the birth, life and death of Jesus!! Our soul is worth being rescued by the Son of God from all evil!!!

And so we can sing this beautiful song together, in deep gratitude to Jesus, who came as Son of Man, Son of Mary, to save us. We can feel our worth, as we embrace our Infant Savior. We can peer into our hearts and ask if the joy of the birth of Jesus has taken hold there. We need the healing light of Jesus' love in our hearts now, so much.

Here are the words to that beautiful hymn, "O Holy Night". We can pray them together!

Oh Holy Night
 
Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend   
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name
 
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine   
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013

PS. Tonight don't miss "Fruit of Medjugorje!" Fr. Marinko will give us a teaching on prayer.  
 
PPS. On New Year's Eve, December 31, at 1:15 pm EST, Mary TV will "Live-stream" the Christmas Play of the Cenacolo Community at St. James Church in Medjugorje! Don't miss it!


 

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