Part 1: Merry Chrismas!

11 Nov

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What? Already?

Yep, already.

It’s easy to think about Christmas before the Thanksgiving turkey is slaughtered, cooked and eaten—commercials and movies about Christmas abound on television. And few of those holiday offerings have anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas.

Let’s take a breather.

Why not turn a deaf ear to all the secular holiday music and turn away from the tinsel and glitter of a commercial Christmas. It’s time to refocus on what God offers us in this historical event and eternal reality—the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God and his birth of the Virgin Mary.

We find in this mystery both hope and challenge.

The Hope of Incarnation

Today’s world is not all that different from the world at the time of the birth of Jesus: People suffer and nations fight; people experience sadness and despair, joy and sorrow, success and failure.

People seek God or ignore him. God accepts gratitude from those who remember him; he stands ignored by others who think they are the authors of all the good in their lives.

In the ones who seek and embrace truth, an imperishable hope is born in the birth of Jesus Christ and his life, death and resurrection.

It is the hope echoed in Scripture: “God does not lie” (Nm 23:19, Heb 6:18). He has promised salvation and he never breaks a promise (Jer 32:42 and 33:14; EZ 37:12-14).

The promise of the Messiah comes first to us in a rather veiled reference. God is cursing the serpent (Satan) and tells him that the woman’s offspring will strike the serpent’s head. At the same time, God acknowledges that Satan will continue to strike out at the Messiah and his people: “you will strike at his heel” (See Gn 4:14-15).

So, the Messiah has arrived—a weak and totally dependent Babe, the Son of God, the only begotten Son of the Father. This Babe, and the adult man he is to become, possesses two distinct natures. He is at once totally divine and totally human. He is the One who will teach, heal, admonish–the One who will bring believers together in the Church enlivened and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

This is our hope: We share the divine life of God in Jesus who suffered, died, was buried and rose from the dead. We share his divine life in Baptism and in all the Sacraments of the Church, in hearing, believing and living the Holy Scriptures.

But. we find challenge in the Incarnation of the Son of God.

Next: Part 2, Merry Christmas!

 

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One Response to “Part 1: Merry Chrismas!”

  1. alcheneler@mindspring.com November 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Hi Deacon Henry,

    Could you please switch my email to alcheneler@gmail.com ?

    Thanks,

    Al

    Sent from my iPhone

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