Reflection on the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
It has happened to each of us, that day we were born. There we were, as was Jesus so long ago. Like each of us, beginning our time on this earth. A newborn baby is a mysterious creature at first, but then each one begins to show something of their special self.
We just have to imagine how the baby Jesus began his adjustment to being born. We know it was a time of special stress for his parents. We know more about how his life unfolded later in Nazareth and the surrounding towns.
For me, as I thought about what I would say tonight, I kept coming back to the straightforward, simple, normal way of the birth of Jesus and of his life as a teacher, a prophet, the Son of the one who IS.
There is something so familiar about the life of Jesus. A quiet home life growing up. But you know he must have been very attentive to his surroundings. He knew how to listen, to talk to people. So when the time came he simply went about asking people to take a new look at how they were living their lives, individually and with others in their community.
There is much wisdom in all the Gospels’ offer of the teaching life of Jesus. But what was it he said? Ahh — most important is that you love one another.
And so, like a newborn babe, slowly opening our eyes to what surrounds us, we receive the love of God this Christmas night. Love that is ours to share.