The Birth of Christ
by Fr. Peter deSousa
The birth of Jesus Christ reminds me that Jesus is living in me now.
Let us request the Holy Spirit to help us prayerfully reflect on Luke 2:1-20. The shepherds said to one another : "Let us go now to
Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has
made known to us. So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph
and the child lying in the manger" The Lord gives us the good news
that he has become one of us, so that he may save us from our sins and
make it possible for us to live in love and unity, as God's precious
At times we face hardships and difficulties. We feel depressed and
weary. We know that there are many who are suffering more than we are.
Yet, we cannot help ourselves. We need understanding and support from
a kind friend who will accompany us and enable us to regain our lost
peace of mind and soul. Or perhaps we feel guilty and helpless because
we are trapped in selfishness and sin and cannot get out of the mess
we are in. We want to be set free and to experience the peace of Jesus
that comes from forgiveness and healing. Jesus is our Emmanuel
today, our God with us.
The shepherds were simple men who lived on the fringe of society and
yearned for companionship, love, respect and kindness. They found it
in a place of peace called Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. They
received the gift of faith to recognize the Messiah, the Savior in the
helpless babe of Bethlehem. Mother Teresa invited her sisters to ask
for faith to see Jesus in the Eucharist and Jesus in the poorest of
the poor too. It is the same Jesus. He reveals himself to the
little ones who ask in simple faith to meet him. He offers us true
peace of mind, heart and soul. We will see ourselves and others
through his eyes and are able then to experience companionship, love,
respect and kindness.
The sophisticated and wealthy people in Bethlehem would not receive
Mary and Joseph into their homes, so Jesus was denied entry too. Today
also money, power, pride, sophistication, close the hearts of people
to Jesus and prevent them from recognizing him in their midst.
Likewise, anger, jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness, revenge, self pity,
anxiety, fear and guilt prevent us from recognizing Jesus.
The birth of Jesus is celebrated at Christmas, once a year. But he
wants to live always in our hearts and homes. We do not have to wait
for Christmas. Everyday and all the while he is knocking at the door
of our hearts. The handle to the door is from the inside. It is up
to us to open the door and invite Him to enter. We open the doors of
our hearts and minds to so much evil that brings with is unhappiness
and misery, when we succumb to temptation. The prince of Peace cannot
coexist with the evil one in our lives. If we decide for Christ, then
we will also have the power from him to resist evil and do good. We
will receive that Joy which Jesus brings to those who welcome him.
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