DAILY CATHOLIC     NEW YEAR'S ISSUE     December 29 - January 3, 1999     vol. 9, no. 250

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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    INTRODUCTION      "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns. In this issue, she meditates on why God chose to manifest Himself as a defenseless child with nothing to call His Own. She pretty much hits on the reasons that should prompt us to meditate on this scenario as well as she explains in her column WHY JESUS CAME AS A BABY.

         Her column, along with columns by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv., provide effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www.heartofmaryministry.com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy@aol.com by e-mail.


WHY JESUS CAME AS A BABY

          On Christmas Day and every day since, I have been thinking about the Baby Jesus and what His coming as a baby signifies.

          There’s nothing sweeter, I think than a little innocent baby. There’s nothing less threatening and dependent, lovable and approachable.

          I think God chose to come to us as a baby, because He wanted to be approachable. In a Divine sense, He wanted to show us that He “needed” us, needed our love and care for Him. Now we all know that God really doesn’t “need” anything else to be happy, except Himself. But because He is so Good, He is All-love, He is so generous, He wanted to share Himself with us and what better way for us to come to Him without fear and with love than for us to see Him as a baby?

          Also, very essential to our growth in the spiritual life is for us to believe that GOD LOVES US. Many human beings walk around feeling very unloved by anyone. Perhaps that has its roots in their childhood or a broken relationship of some kind. Such spirits can “whither” with time. Such persons can so easily grow bitter, negative, pessimistic, lonely - all of which can get worse with time.

          But what happens to a person who really feels loved by someone? Their hearts are renewed! They soar! They feel like they can conquer the world! When we know we are loved, we are given new LIFE!

          That’s another reason why Jesus came to earth as a Baby. That God should leave His Heaven, His Kingdom, His “Glory” and become a defenseless, helpless, dependent baby displays a Divine love which we shall never totally fathom on this earth.

          Jesus entered into this world in great poverty. What did He have in the way of material things? A cold cave, the warm breath of animals (as well as their odor), some hay? Did He come in this manner to show us that the spiritual world is far more important than the material one? I think so!

          As a young Sister, I remember reading in Scripture: "With desolation is the whole land made desolate because there is no one who considers in his heart."

          In other words, to take time to meditate, consider, think about various aspects of our Faith is a must. Not to meditate on the truths of our Faith leaves a soul “desolate” and hopeless.

          It is my prayer that sometime during this Christmas Season, you can take TIME to truly MEDITATE on God’s love for you as revealed in His Birth, to think about the temporalness of earthly things, the shortness of this life, the expanse of eternity. To spend eternity with the One Who loves us beyond our ability to understand - that’s what Heaven is!

          Let’s begin here - on earth - with God’s help to consider and BELIEVE that God loves US. We can’t say we’ve deserved it. We’re just so BLESSED to have a God that is so Good.

          Happy New Year everyone! God loves you!


December 29, 1998 - January 3, 1999       volume 9, no. 250
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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