God Is With Us!
Readings: 1st: Is 52, 7-10; Ps: 97, 1-6; 2nd: Heb 1, 1-6; Gos: John 1, 1-18
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders for us. He has made known his salvation.” Today is Christmas day, the day we have prepared for. Christmas is a milestone in the history of our salvation. So, it is wonderful to know that “God is with us.”
Today, God has proved the depth of his love for us by allowing his own son to be born of a virgin. The Word of God has finally taken flesh. The central message of today’s celebration is the incarnation and revelation of Jesus Christ.
Our first reading from Isaiah finds its accomplishment in the birth, life and ministry of Jesus. Isaiah proclaims: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one who brings Good News.” Indeed, the good news is that, Christ is with us. It is the Good News of love, peace, charity, hope, and salvation.
The prophet calls us to celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. It is a call to adore and worship the new born king, and the prince of peace. It is a call to be joyful. Most importantly, it is a call a to spread the good news about the birth of the Messiah.
In our second reading, the letter to the Hebrews captures, and presents what God did for us today in a most convincing and spectacular manner. God has fulfilled his promise to us. Today, the hidden mystery of the old covenant has finally been revealed through the birth of Christ. Hence, divine revelation has reached its climax.
The gospel of John gives us a summary of what happened today. That is, the divine incarnation of God: “The Word was made flesh, He lived among us, and we saw His glory.” The Word which was with the Father as Spirit, is now with us as human. Without losing His sacred or spiritual nature, he has condescended to become like us.
He did this by taking flesh in a poor, humble and a willing virgin. It takes love to do this. Therefore, what we celebrate today is love because: “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son… (Jn 3, 16).
Today, we celebrate love. So, we must be ready to extend God’s love this season. Therefore, this is a season we must be ready to offer ourselves positively in love to others. As Christ has reached out to us, we too must be ready to reach out to others.
Today, we celebrate Sacrifice. So, we must also be ready to sacrifice something for the good of our brothers and sisters as Christ did. Just as He came down from heaven to be with us, and to show us the way, we must leave our comfort zones to reach out to the lowly, suffering and neglected of our society.
Today, we celebrate Humility. So, we must learn to be humble as Christ our mode is. In spite of being the king of the universe, he allowed himself to be born in a manger, without minding the discomforts. Today, we celebrate the reign of peace. Peace not as the world gives, but as God gives it to those who love and believe in him (Jn 14, 21).
Today, we celebrate hope because, Christ’s birth has brought hope to all who sincerely believe in him. This means that there is hope, even in the midst of uncertainties like wars, hunger, oppression, injustice, and even natural disasters.
Today is a day of joy. So, let us sing psalms to the Lord with harp. With the sound of music, let us acclaim Christ our lord and king, who is with us. Merry Christmas!
Peace be with you all!