O marvelous humility! O astonishing poverty! The King of the angels, The Lord of heaven and earth is Laid to rest in a manger!
– St. Claire
The joy of Christmas and a festive spirit is present throughout the world. Its power is such that even those who are not of the Faith experience its uplifting effect. However, for those who have come to know and accept the mystery of the Incarnate God, it shines forth with particular brilliance in our minds and hearts.
Our experience of this mystery can become even more resplendent, if we but take the time to meditate upon it. It is all too easy for us, creatures of habit that we are, to fall into the ordinary, if pleasant, pattern of our Christmas traditions with, little thought to their deeper meaning and significance.
Therefore, we should not lose the opportunity to deepen our love for the infant King and marvel at what he has done for us.
God, motivated only by his own goodness and creative love, freely chose to make us. We, in our pride and selfishness, turned from Him, the source of our life. Cut off from our creator, we wandered in the darkness of sin, with death as our end. Thus betrayed, our Creator owed us nothing; He had no obligation to us, no need to save us. He could have justly allowed us to perish in our sins. Yet, he did not. Here, then, is the marvel of Divine Love—that even despite our hardness of heart and willing betrayal of his goodness, he did not abandon us. Instead, God ceaselessly desires our joy, peace, and fulfillment.
To redeem us and show his unceasing love for us, God unfolded His plan of salvation. He spent centuries preparing the world by the message and witness of the prophets. He prepared for himself a worthy dwelling in the Immaculate Virgin. He insured that the stars themselves would bear witness to his coming.
Then, in the fullness of time, the eternal God, who existed before time, chose to enter time. He who was above the heavens, entered earth. The Invincible became frail, the Immortal, mortal; the Mighty, became small; the Voice which created the universe became the cry of an infant. And that cry heralded our salvation.
Joy to the World! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing!
In Christ, our Infant King,