We Celebrate Christmas !
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Christos Razdajestsja! Slavite Jeho!
God is with us! God is with us! Give ear, O you nations! Be humbled, for God is with us!”
As Catholics, we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the days following Christmas. We are reminded during this time between Christmas and Theophany (Epiphany) to remain joyful in celebration as we reflect on the amazing gift that our Lord Jesus brings us. He came to us in total humility with love in the ultimate goal of salvation for people everywhere.
Now that pre-Christmas distractions have all but ended, we have the chance to envelope ourselves in the hopefulness which the Christ Child offers. This can happen if we allow ourselves to be so directed by the Holy Spirit. But if we are not careful, we might be distracted once again with the hasty post-season activity and return to routine and miss the holiness of this very special time.
The Wise Men were single focused and intent upon finding Baby Jesus, the real treasure. And they would not allow anything to lead them off course. Or to give up in the long months their quest to glorify Our Lord must have taken. We might consider ways to find the treasure of the Christ Child in these days also. Whether through extended quiet time, inspirational music, prayer, spiritual reading, or a short reflective minute in the middle of the day, enlightenment comes to us when all is calm, all is bright. And all that Jesus in the form of a little baby really wants from us is simple, and yet so challenging: Cradling him close to our hearts and offering ourselves as a gift in return.
Keep Christ and Christmas in your heart and soul – alive and renewed! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Christmas Carol: Angels From Heaven
Angels from heaven came to you shepherds; Have no fear! Have no fear! Hasten to honor Him, born near in Bethlehem; Offer gifts, though poor and small.
There in a manger, you will behold Him, Son of God, Son of God. Child whose humility, veils his Divinity, our true Savior, Christ the Lord.