So many inspiring and moving readings on Christmas Day! I apologize for taking these words out of their beautiful context, yet I quote them for our reflection today.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone. (Isaiah 9:2)
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then shall all the trees of the forest exult. (Psalm 96:11-12)
All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. (Psalm 98:3)
Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (Luke 2:10)
And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. (John 1:14)
From one of the many books I enjoyed this year:
God is renewing the face of the earth, and at Christmastime we would do well to allow ourselves to be surprised and astonished at what that might entail. (Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp)
On this Christmas Day,
May we let our light shine in our sometimes gloomy world, as a reflection of the Light we celebrate today!
May we exult with the sea, the plain, and the forest!
May we see God’s saving power in our life everyday!
Like Mary, may we keep this Word in our heart and know what it’s like to have a God dwelling in us!
And, may we be surprised and astonished at least once today!