Jesus is the light of the world, the lighthouse for travelers. We are enlightened by Jesus and have a new direction to follow him, reflecting his light to all peoples.
Scripture passages referenced in this reflection are Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-6 and John 1:1-18
There is something mysterious and reality-affirming in that Christmas has stayed alive for 2,000 years. God took on eyes and ears, hands and feet like human beings. Jesus felt hunger and tears, joy and pain, love and gratitude, like human beings. He also knew that human beings need redemption. The prophet Isaiah said, “Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.”
When we examine ourselves, let us remember that whatever we are to each other will radiate more brightly when we are actively present to one another. The shepherds had come in haste, realizing that the Prince was lying in a manger—so simple, yet the Lord Almighty; so adorable whom they had seen with their own eyes, yet the Messiah. When they returned back, they glorified him.
Christmas is a reminder of the kindness and love of God for all humanity. Mary, the mother of God, pondered all in her heart. She reminds us of the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives, leading us to renewal and new birth in Christ, as we share the message of Jesus in the world.
- The shepherds glorified the newborn King. How do we glorify Christ today?
- How do we proclaim the message of Jesus today?