Today, the Savior is born. This is the good news of this Christmas, of every Christmas. Jesus is born again in the world, in each home, in each heart. But Jesus was born in the humility of the Nativity scene. He was born that way because men refused Him. Nobody wanted to house the Holy Family, neither in their homes nor in their hostels. Joseph, Mary and the newborn Jesus felt rejection, a lack of generosity from their neighbors and a lack of solidarity.
Later, things would change with the Angel’s announcement, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” The shepherds “went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.” Take time today to visit the Nativity in your Church or home. Adore the Son of God in your heart as you gaze on the scene so cherished by St. Francis.
Christians are right to be joyous today. As Saint Leo the Great put it, “There is no place for sadness now that life has been born.” But we should not forget that Jesus’ birth challenges us to see Christmas in the way the Holy Family lived it. Do we have true feelings of generosity and solidarity towards those who have been rejected: the alien, the homeless and the imprisoned, during these days? If we don’t perhaps it’s because we are like the inhabitants of Bethlehem of old: we do not welcome the infant Jesus in our hearts.
Br. Christopher Thurneau. O.S.F.