This is a heartfelt invitation, to behold, accept, and celebrate the most authentic gift that you are, this Christmas Day.
There’s a space in the beauty of Creation that only you can fill.
There’s a difference in the world that only you can make.
There’s a particular calling that can only be answered through your will.
There’s a valuable story to be written and told only through your voice.
There’s a process of forgiveness that frees others, which can only happen through your transformative journey of healing.
There’s a particular cross that only you can embrace and bear.
There’s a life of prayer that always awaits for your soul to kneel.
There’s a dance, that the spirit of God gracefully longs to direct your steps in.
There’s a song waiting to be sung through your spirit as it rises to Him.
There’s a love to be shared only through your self-gift.
All you once were, all you presently are, and all you are yet to be, are deeply seen as precious in the eyes of Him, of whom you are lovingly His.
In light of all this, finally, let us try to reflect upon how Jesus himself is a gift to us!
An unconditional love permeates God’s every act. This is expressed in His self-love as a gift to humanity – in Jesus – the wounded healer, the faithful lover – but it is also expressed in all of life that strives to live, it is expressed in a joy that points to more joy, it is expressed in the silence of a world that doesn’t need to exist but continues to, it is expressed in the cries of an infant who breathes fresh air for the first time, it is expressed in the Sacrament of Confession, through which God forgives and heals each bleeding wound perfectly, it is expressed even in pain, since pain (our distaste for it) reminds us of our real home, a home that is free of pain, free of death.
This Christmas, therefore, let us allow the one who has experienced each wound, to heal us, let us allow the one who, against all odds, continued to love, to really love us. Let us be born anew, as more healed, more loving, more human. As Meister Eckhart asked, “what good is it for me if Mary gave birth to the son of God 1400 years ago, and I don’t give birth to God’s son in my person and my culture and my times?”.
We are all meant to be “other Mary’s”. By God’s grace and guidance, we can all birth divinity!
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