Christmas is upon us, and it is necessary to ponder this great mystery. Jesus, the son of God is also the son of Mary, the Uncaused Cause became born in time, the King of kings became the Suffering Servant, the God of all eternity took on the form of a babe in a manger.
The circumstance of Jesus’ birth ought to place human vanity and desires in check. God came into the world as an infant, poorly lodged and barely clothed. This was the condition of the entrance of the Divine into the world in which He created. If this entrance is to teach us anything, it is that human desires for the comfort and riches of the world is all but vanity. Humanity, fallen from the state of grace, mistakes temporal goods for eternal happiness and clings to it. Jesus’ birth is meant to reveal to us that temporal goods, no matter how greatly and abundantly possessed, can ever replace God, the object of the desire within every person’s heart of heart. For without His incarnation, humanity would still be lost in a fallen world without any hope of ever returning to its Father, the One for whom its heart truly longs.
So as Christmas day approaches us, let us remember on that day that Jesus is truly the reason we celebrate this holy day; that while we joyfully celebrate with our family we may remember that the reason for our celebration is God’s great love for us manifested in His own humble birth in Bethlehem a little more than two thousand years ago. Let us, then, rejoice, not because of a few days off, but because the period of waiting and yearning is over. Let us join in with the choirs of angels and the rest of creation and proclaim: Glória in excélsis Deo et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis. Laudámus te, benedícimus te, adorámus te, glorificámus te, grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam, Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis.
Merry Christmas, friends!