Thursday, December 25, 2014

Receive the Gift of God: See the Light!

Christmas Mass During the Night

In the Christmas Gospel we hear "This will be a sign for you:  you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger"  (Luke 2:12)..  Pope Francis explains in his homily, "The “sign” is the humility of God taken to the extreme; it is the love with which, that night, he assumed our frailty, our suffering, our anxieties, our desires and our limitations. The message that everyone was expecting, that everyone was searching for in the depths of their souls, was none other than the tenderness of God: God who looks upon us with eyes full of love, who accepts our poverty; God who is in love with our smallness.”

Continuing his reflection, "Our Christian response cannot be different from God’s response to our smallness.  Life must be met with goodness, with meekness.  When we realize that God is in love with our smallness, that he made himself small in order to better encounter us, we cannot help but open our hearts to him and beseech him:  “Lord, help me to be like you, give me the grace of tenderness in the difficult circumstances of life, give me the closeness in the face of every need, of meekness in every conflict.”

The gift of God is the greatest gift of all; offered and freely given to all who are open to receiving it. Pope Francis tells the world, “On this holy night, we contemplate the Nativity scene:  there “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:1).  People, who were unassuming, open to receiving the gift of God, were the ones who saw the light.”

We do not need to go far to observe the darkness of the world, through the communications we receive on our televisions, smart phones and computers.  They are the things that we say, "someone should do something about that."  However, we know through our spiritual gifts we can bring about change to the darkness.  The things we perceive as dark we have the ability to bring light to by receiving openly our spiritual gift from God and sharing it in our own part of the world.

God gives us each at least one spiritual gift, one that we can share in our smallness, in meekness, in tenderness and in order to bring light to our part of the world. If we all just use our one small spiritual gift, in meekness, tenderness, and working together, we can be the people who walking in darkness can bring light to the world.

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