The Light of Christmas

Luke 2: 1-14
Isa 9:1-6 / Psa 96 / Ti 2:11-14

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
(Luke 2:10-11)

A child is born to us today,
In Bethlehem was a stranger;
They could not find a place to stay...
May our hearts be made His manger.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he was of the house of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:1-14)


What great joy it must have been to receive such good news, and from angels too! Today marks the beginning of life, for today, God was born man, and His birth renewed all life on earth, defeating death and darkness that came from sin. The first reading today expresses it succinctly: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those living in the land of gloom a light has dawned.” (Isa 9:1) In the devastating aftermath of typhoon Pablo, it seemed as if the two provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental had become a “land of gloom” – with so many deaths and destruction facing their depressed population. Many wondered why this had to happen at the start of the Christmas season. But perhaps it would have been a lot worse if it had happened at another time. The spirit of giving at Christmastime has been the light that dispelled the gloom of this tragedy. The survivors have seen the light of hope in the many Filipinos and foreigners who came to these two provinces to help, bringing goods and medical services (like the gifts of the Magi), plus the government agencies now involved in rebuilding their lives and homes.

In the Christian context of life, we only start to live when Jesus Christ lives in our heart. Before we acknowledged and embraced Him as our Lord and Savior, it was like we were not yet born – because we were in the darkness of our selfishness. We were the strangers, looking for a warm place to stay. God’s Light came, inviting us to the brightness of His love by being kind, generous and caring. These values we have found in His Son, Jesus Christ, Who is the way, direction, and destination of our life’s journey. Let us continue reflecting His light by giving hope to those in darkness.

Thank You, Father for making us see the true meaning of Christmas. Thank You for Your gifts of Faith, Hope and Love, especially in being generous with your blessings. Grant us, the opportunity to express Your love not only this Christmas season, but all the days of our lives. Amen.

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