The Christmas prefaces remind us, in the wonder of today Jesus has brought to the eyes of faith a new and radiant vision of God’s glory. In Jesus we see our God made visible and so we are caught up in the love of God we cannot see. Today in Christ a new light has dawned upon the world. God has become one with the human race and the human race has become one again with God.
In wishing you a Merry Christmas, which we wholeheartedly do, we reflect that God has done His part. But a lot remains for us to do. This Christmas, let us mend a quarrel. Build peace. Seek out a forgotten friend. Write a love letter. Encourage youth. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Be gentle. Laugh a little. Express our gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak our love. Speak it again. Speak it still once again.
In the darkness of this night, the Christ child shines out as a wonderful light beckoning all of us to realize our full potential. But we cannot even begin to sing “O Come all ye Faithful” until and unless we understand some applications to our lives. The Bethlehem to which we come today is no longer a hillside cave, but any place where we can create the values of that cave to bring Christ anew to others.
If we and the world are to move toward Jesus’ values, St. Paul’s letter to Titus informs us that something more remains to be done. On Christmas, although the grace of God has appeared, we must constantly remind ourselves that God’s revelation in Christ demands transformation of life. Christmas is not just a day; it’s not just a season. It transcends time. It is a way of being Christian. Our entire life must sing: “Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace to men who enjoy his favour”
A Merry Christmas and Grace-filled New Year 2017
Fr. Elias D’Mello