Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation
“The time came for Mary to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2:6).
The heart of God, during the Holy Night, stooped down to the stable: the humility of God is Heaven. And if we approach this humility,we touch Heaven and the Earth too is made new.
Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “Day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of Love, in which God our Father has revealed his great tenderness to the entire world. A day of light, which dispels the darkness of fear and anxiety. A day of joy: a “great joy” for the poor, the lowly and for all the people. A day of peace, which makes for encounter, dialogue and, above all, reconciliation.
Where God is born, hope is born; and where hope is born, persons regain their dignity. Yet even today great numbers of men and women are deprived of their human dignity and, like the child Jesus, suffer cold, poverty, and rejection. May our closeness today be felt by those who are most vulnerable, especially children and women who suffer violence, and the victims of human trafficking, refugees and migrants.
S. Annies Padayattil