Adoration of the Shepherds, Gerard van Honthorst, c. 1622
Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
The light has come into the world! Alleluia! God’s plan from the beginning of time has been to unite us to Him in a communion of love. After the fall of Adam and Eve when they “hid themselves from the Lord God” (Gen 3:8), God put a plan in motion to ardently seek us out and restore us to communion with Him. He went so far as to send His Son into the world so that He would be present among us.
All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:22-23
Most of us think of religion as our search for God. Throughout Scripture we see that Christianity is about God’s search for us. He created us for friendship with Him.
In the Old Testament, God dwelt with His people in the temple. More profoundly, in the New Testament Jesus came to restore our communion with the heavenly Father, bringing God’s presence among us like never before. In Christ, God Himself is with us. Today, through the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, we encounter the same Jesus that walked the earth 2000 years ago.
In a world that is full of darkness and despair, people will only be happy to the extent that they know God, in an intimate community of life and love. Open your heart to the graces of this Christmas season. Let the light of Christ into your heart. You are His instrument in bringing healing to a world that is hopeless and despairing. May your heart be overflowing with God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy so that you may shine His light into the world beginning with your spouse and children.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
May your Christmas be joyous and full of grace.