FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY, December 26-28

REFLECTIONS: "Come Unto Me"

Reflections on Sacred Scripture

by Cyndi Cain

The Essence of the Holy Family is Love and obedience to God's Will.

"And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and His Mother kept all these things carefully in her heart."

Luke 2: 51

       How many times have we all heard the Gospel for Christmas Day? So many times we’ve become deaf to it? How many homilies have we listened to with half an ear? Far, far too many for all of us. It’s time to once again reflect upon this magnificent account of the Birth of Christ, especially while it's still fresh in our hearts, and hear with the ears of our souls and hearts, and see with the eyes of our souls and hearts that which was given to the shepherds to see and hear.

      Not possible! Well, if you want to look at it rationally, humanly, of course it is not. But God is timeless, and nothing is impossible with God. Joy and Splendor, Grace, Mercy and Justice came to earth this day. A Babe, lying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, honored and given homage by beasts, adored and worshipped by the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph.

      Just think - not far away, in an overcrowded town of Bethlehem many people were totally unaware of this historical and divine moment in salvation history. They were just too busy. The angels came to the shepherds. They heard, they saw, the believed. They went in haste, and they gave their hearts forever to the Christ Child. From that moment on their lives were forever changed.

      They had nothing to give, but they gave their hearts. Isn’t that what we are being asked to do in this Gospel passage. What did Joseph and Mary have to give the Son of God beside their love? Can we possibly imagine the poverty of that manager setting? Surely, it rivals any poverty-stricken area on earth today. But God chose this from all eternity. Ask yourself why, and you will learn a significant part of the Mystery of Salvation, of Christ our Savior, and the sublime faith, hope and love of the Holy Family.

      Look also at that passage which tells us: "But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart!" There is wisdom. She spoke not about it. She pondered all, offering it back to God, receiving enlightenment through the Holy Spirit. Joseph did the same. Are we not to do the same? To speak of the sublime is to reduce it, more often than not, to the ridiculous, and open it to debate.

      God is not debatable. He Is, and because He Is, we are. On Christmas day, God became man for us - each and every one of us, and He lay in a manger, upon straw, wrapped in swaddling clothes, gazed at by lowly animals and honored and reverenced and adored by shepherds, who were on the bottom of the social rung of the ladder of their own day.

      We are His children, heirs of His Kingdom, and this Gospel shows us the significance of words written in the Gospel at a later passage wherein we are told that unless we become as little children, we shall not enter the Kingdom of God. To be as a little child is to behold Christ the Savior as an Infant, weak, dependent upon Mary and St. Joseph, yet there for all the world. To be as an infant is not to be childish, but childlike. And today, we have Him, the Infant Jesus, to go to and to ask, from our hearts, this special grace of being a tiny little baby, trustingly held in His arms...and allowing Him to be our God in all things. That’s why He came, to show us the way.

      Hearken to Him, Hear Him, Love Him, Adore Him and give Him all honor and reverence and worship…for He, the Infant, is King of Kings. This moment is as real today as it was 2,000 years ago. Hurry, lest you miss the moment. So many missed it then; let us not repeat the same mistake today.

      He waits. Please go. Love will greet you, Love will fill you. This and so much more is contained in these few words from the Gospel. Ponder it in your heart, as did the Blessed Mother, that you may forever be changed.


December 1997