The Word became flesh, and that is what we celebrate today. Each year on December 25th we celebrate the day in which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ entered the world. Jesus Christ is our light and the day in which we celebrate His birth is no accident. While there is no way to determine the exact calendar day for the Lord’s birth there’s significance to celebrating it on the 25th of December year after year. Beginning each December 25th the days begin to get longer and longer, thus there is no better day to celebrate Christmas when we celebrate the birth of the true light.
Last evening at the Vigil Mass I preached on the significance of Christmas. We all know the basic answer that Christmas is about the birth of our Savior, but we can say more. Christmas is about celebrating life. Each Christmas, new life is breathed into the Church. It is unfortunate that holidays such as these are becoming more stressful. They are becoming more and more stressful because we are losing focus on the real meaning of the season. All too often in preparing for this day we are rushing to the stores to purchase that perfect gift or we are trying to find an equal numbers of gifts for each individual to balance things out and make it fair. As I said last evening I repeat again this morning Christmas isn’t about materialism but rather about gathering as a family and celebrating what truly matters the birth of our Savior.
Christmas is indeed a time for giving; one of the gifts that more is becoming underappreciated in today’s society is the gift of life. Today people looking at the economy are delaying the start of families, which is the wrong answer to our current predicament. This morning we celebrate God’s plan as it begins to be set into motion. Accepting God’s plan is the answer! The greatest gift mankind has ever known came to us in the form of a child. Each time we hear an infant child cry out we are reminded of the innocent voice of God. Every single time a child is born whether it be a boy or a girl, for we are created in the image and likeness of God, we welcome God into the world.
Is life easy, the answer is of course not, but we weren’t promised an easy road! In fact, the road is going to get tougher before it gets better. However, in order for things to get better we need to accept God’s plan for all life in all its stages. Light indeed entered the world; the light still pierces the world today with His word and presence. May we open ourselves up to it! Do not try to comprehend God’s logic, because no one here can comprehend it! As you leave here today and the next time you here a child cry out, be reminded of the innocent voice of God. Hope indeed entered the world on Christmas Day! May we let that child in the manger melt our hearts so we can celebrate and experience the true joy of Christmas.