Have you ever contemplated the Nativity? Considered how Joseph must have frantically searched not just for a room for the night, but for an appropriate place for His wife to give birth to the Savior? Without lodging, they were homeless. Can you imagine telling your wife that she might be giving birth to the Messiah in a stable? After Jesus was born, can you imagine Joseph herding the animals away from the feeding trough/manger so that it could be used as a crib? From the tabernacle of the Immaculate’s womb came forth New Life, which humbled Himself to lay in a manger. What a wonderful foreshadowing of how he would become the "Bread of Life", our sustenance, our Savior.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. They shall name him Emmanuel, “which means “God is with us.” Matthew 21, 23
He is our Christmas gift: nourishment to strengthen us and Love to transform us, preparing us for eternal life. He waits for us, to give him even a glimmer of hope that we want to accept His gift. Yet we keep searching for fulfillment outside of Him. He wants to feed us with his love, enrapture us with his joy, and bestow upon us His peace. Take a peek in the manger and see the little Christ-child smiling up at you. He is innocent and helpless. His hands reach for you. YOU are the only gift He wants!
Let Him be born anew in your heart this Christmas. Vow to be docile to His grace so that His love may reign in you. In turn, share His love as you too become His beautiful dwelling place.
Pray for your family; pray for your friends. Ask that they too may come to know and accept this most life-changing gift ever!
Peace, Joy, and Love,
It’s okay to re-gift when the Gift you’re giving is eternal. Pass it on!