Christmas Goodies – Day 25

“JESUS”

On Day 25 of our “Christmas Goodies”, we shall reflect on “JESUS”

What it Is?
>> The Reason, the Cause and the End of this Festive Season is Jesus!
>> Gal 4: 4 – “When the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman…”

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Mosaic of Jesus, Haggia Sophia, 1261

What elements can we learn from this Christmas Goodie – ” JESUS”?
1. Jesus, the Divine Babe is the primary reason for the celebration of this Festival
>> Many of us have been preparing for the wonderful day of Christmas, for the last few days, particularly.
>> But sometimes, like runners in a race, there can be a possibility to feel tired, or given in to feel exhausted; sometimes even to give up.
>> But Christmas is to become a new beginning in our life; the days of preparation ought to become the launching pad to lead a more holy and zealous life in the Spirit.
>> Its very much possible, that Jesus – the reason for this season, may get lost in the thickets of celebrations, good food, excited shoppings etc.
>> But the Babe in the Manger, will keep waiting, to be taken home – to one’s heart, to one’s life, to one’s family

2. Jesus, the Divine Babe came primarily as the Saviour of the world
>> “For today in the city of David, a Saviour has been born for you..” (Lk 2:11)
>> Jesus came to the world with a very specific mission: to save people from sin and grant eternal life to those who believe in Him (Jn 10:10)
>> He is the only person Who took birth to die! It was by His death, that He was to achieve the mission of granting life to all.
>> Therefore, the celebration of Christmas has to be primarily a celebration made in “repentance and renewal”
~~ If the heart doesn’t repent, then Christmas can never be celebrated truly
~~ If the life is not renewed, then Christmas can never become meaningful

>> Christmas is the story of a God passionately in love with us, and deeply desiring that we belong to Him, and Him alone!

3. Jesus, the Divine Babe desires a place in our hearts
>> Rev 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock”
>> Mother Mary and St Joseph had to lay the newborn Babe in the manger, “because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2: 7b)
>> Christmas is the story of a God Who comes searching for His beloved creation, and knocking at the door of each heart, for a place to be born.

4. Jesus, the Divine Babe, in the manger, is One who identifies with us, in our weakness
>> God chose (in human terms) probably, one of the “most ridiculous” way of coming into the world – as a tiny infant
>>  He is the Creator of the World; the One Who has all powers subject to Him . Yet, He chose to be totally detached (Phil 2: 6-8) and take the form of a little baby – weak, helpless and vulnerable
>> Christmas is the story of a God Who became weak like us, so that we can be strong like Him!

5. Jesus, the Divine Babe deserves a wonderful gift on His Birthday
>> Birthdays become occasions to gift the one who is celebrating.
>> Jesus, the Birthday Baby surely deserves the best gift.
>> But what can we give Him? All what we have and all what we are, comes from God anyways! So is there anything, that I can call of my own?
>> Yes! Probably the only thing which belongs to me, is my sin!
>> This Christmas, beyond all other gifts and preparations, we could gift our “sinful life” to Him.
>> It might feel bad for us to give all that ugly part of our life. But our Blessed Lord invites us to give of our self to Him entirely  – broken, weak, dirty, impure, lost- as we are, to Him, so that He can renew us and make us a new person (Rev 21:5 – “Behold, I make all things new”)
>> As Bishop Fulton J Sheen says:
” You give me your humanity, I will give you my divinity.
You give me your time, I will give you my eternity.
You give me your slavery, I will give you my freedom.
You give me your death, I will give you my life.
You give me your nothingness, I will give you my all.”

What resolutions can I practise today?
>> Today I will seek to have Jesus as the centre of all that I am to celebrate in this Festive Season and give Him the rightful place in my heart
>> Today I will deepen my awareness of Jesus as the Saviour of my life, and make practical decisions to let go sinful ways, and offer my heart as a Gift to Baby Jesus on His Birthday!

Yes, Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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