Sunday, December 21, 2014

Your Weekly Reflection from CMMB 12/21/14

Your Weekly Reflection
Blessed Christmas
“This will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:12
Dear Friends,

The star, the angels, the shepherds; Mary and Joseph, the Magi and the oxen—so many ways to point to the mystery of Christmas. And always at the center must be the child, the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Blessed Cardinal Newman put it well in a Christmas sermon. Christmas reveals God to be Emmanuel, with us as “omnipotence in bonds.” God who is mighty, all-powerful and eternal takes on the limitations of human flesh. In Jesus Christ, God combines the two extremes of greatness and smallness. Is this not in a small way echoed in the work of the Catholic Medical Mission Board? With the help of large organizations and corporations, with a multi-million-dollar budget, our goal and focus is to bring care and healing power to mothers and children around the world—ultimately to the new-born baby in Haiti and Kenya and Peru.

In different ways, we try to imitate and share this boundless love of God, which is focused on the infant Jesus. A Blessed Christmas to All!
Rev. Peter Schineller, SJ
Rejoice, you who are just. It is the birthday of Him who justifies.
Rejoice, you who are weak and sick. It is the birthday of Him who heals.
Rejoice, you who are in darkness. It is the birthday of the Redeemer.
Rejoice, you who are free. It is the birthday of Him who makes free.
Rejoice you Christians all. It is Christ’s birthday.
St. Augustine
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