Feast Of The Nativity Of Our Lord – Christmas Day
December 25, 2022
First Reading : Isaiah 52: 7-10
Psalm: Psalm 98:1-6
Second Reading: Galatians 3:29-4:5
Gospel: John 1:1-14
Christmas Day is all about the love of God for all of us. It is celebrated within twelve (12) days representing 12 months because the message of hope, of faith, of peace and of love should live within our hearts everyday throughout the year. We need to contemplate, to reflect, and deliberately live it out so that it will not be lost from us. Constantly sharing and expressing it with other people is the only way to keep the peace, the joy, and the love of God in our heart.
Today, Father Jun shared the love story of Rakesh and Sadnha. A story about a rich man who fell in love with a poor woman. A love story that crossed social barriers and showed the transforming power of love. If we truly love someone, even the unlovable becomes the most loveable person. The same love story happened to us when Jesus came to us. It was impossible for us to live with God before, because of our poverty and sin. We need to be like-God in order to live with Him. The world we live in today is the picture of poverty, of pain, of hunger, of hatred and other sufferings. But on Christmas Day, Jesus leaves everything He has in order to live with us. He took humanity and chose to be with us, so that He can live with us.
Salvation is not just forgiveness of sins. When we say, “We are saved” it means God lives in us. Christmas teaches us the most beautiful part of salvation – Jesus dwells in us. This is the greatest love story ever foretold. God and man, loving each other, dwelling with each other, no longer separated. Jesus loving us, in our fallen nature, became like us so that we, also can be like Him, sharing His divine nature. This is the most beautiful love story we need to bring into our life every day and share among others; telling our children so that they will begin to understand what life is all about. Life is living, not only for our self but living with God and for God.
MERCY DE LA CRUZ-ESPIRITU
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