Reflect on the Beauty of Christmas

“And this will be a sign to you; You will find an Infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12). Thus is born, JESUS, the king of this holy season.  “He came not to a throne, but to a manger. He lived not as a king, but as a servant. He chose not a kingdom, but a cross. He gave not just a little, but everything.” (Holley Gerth)

She says it all so beautifully. Let’s replace our OLD ideas about Christmas with, NEW ones this season. This is our time for new beginnings with our family and friends. A time to look beyond ourselves and reflect upon the wonderful Birth of Jesus.

The privilege to love Jesus is ours to cherish, wonder at, be happy about. We show His love to others with our lives. Perhaps this Christmas we can give a gift to a poor family, visit someone in the hospital or spend more time praying than shopping.

As Pope Francis says: “We can be signs of a different world where everyone is recognized, accepted, included, dignified and not only for their usefulness but for their intrinsic value as a human being, as daughter or son of God.” Living this message and sharing it with whomever we meet this Christmas, should become the delight of our souls.

Pope Francis said, “Every family is a light in the world,” so this Christmas, soak in the essence of your family faith, with those you love and enjoy the new light which has come to us again: the Christ child. Christmas is such a special, sacred, time of the year to celebrate family. With our busy lives, we tend to forget the most important things like Christmas gratitude, which could unlock many new doors for your aging spirits.

“We are created to share in God’s love and life for eternity.” (St Ignatius Loyola.)

Isn’t the Christmas season the perfect time to share once more in his love? It could be done as you kneel before the Baby Jesus. Imagine that you are there with Mary and Joseph in the stable, with all those animals, with the cold night air chilling the place, but warming the atmosphere of your heart, with your love, as your face broadens with a loving smile. This could bring new life and energy into your lives.

We love this newborn babe because he first loved us. It will be our privilege again to show and express our love for Him. Take the time to tell Him how much he means to you. Show his beauty this Christmas with your life’s actions, so others will say, “No wonder they love Jesus.” See what a difference it will make in your life and how much happier you will be.

During this holy season, become fully present to all around you, follow your hearts, be mindful of who you love and what you love, because there is a sweetness in the Christmas atmosphere surrounding us: crackling fires burning, children laughing and so many other things happening to keep our spirits alive. These precious moments will define us. The winds of God’s grace blow all the time so let’s set sail and move into the New Year with grace.

“Joy comes into our lives when we have something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.”(Viktor E. Frankl.)

by Sr. Martinette Rivers, OLS

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