I am praying that Christmas this year - both for myself and for my parishioners — will be an encounter with the Living Jesus. No longer just a sentimental exercise in Christian nostalgia. Would that we might approach the crib of Christ with the fervent expectation of the Kings from the East! Or with the humble reverence and innocent awe of the shepherds from the fields!
What do I see as I contemplate the Virgin’s Infant? I behold the very Son of God: “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,” as the ancient Creed proclaims, “consubstantial with the Father,” through whom, in whom, and for whom all things are made (1 Cor. 8:6; cf. Eph. 1:10-11). Jesus is the Rosetta Stone of human nature and world history. He is the Word (Logos) Who in the beginning was with God and Who is God (Jn. 1:1). Apart from Him, nothing that has come to be came to be (Jn. 1:3). Apart from Him nothing holds together, nothing has ultimate meaning (cf. 1 Cor. 15:27) All provisional meanings, all human and natural excellences, find their template and Source in Him. All beauty, goodness, and truth we discover in this world is but a dim reflection and intimation of Him Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14:6).
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