Revolutions have changed the course of history and the world has witnessed many revolutions…
The French Revolution, The American Revolution, The Industrial Revolution, The Sexual Revolution, The Green Revolution etc…
>> Each of these revolutions have caused a stir in the society and a significant changes.
>> Each of these revolutions brought a change in the mentality and thought-pattern of peoples.
We live in revolutionary times.
>> The world is seeing fast and rapid changes as never before… some horrible and dreadful…
Optimism is being replaced by pessimism…
Confidence with fear…
People who used to be excited of the future are filled with uncertainty…
In this dramatically disturbed world, we are set to celebrate the Greatest Revolutions of all time “Christmas – the Birth of Jesus, our Saviour – the only unchanging factor in this changing world”!
This revolution started in the most unlikely places of all?
>> In an ordinary stable – outside a forgotten village called Bethlehem.
It involved three simple persons on earth – Jesus the babe, Mary the Virgin Mother and Joseph the Just Man – hardly glamorous, significantly unnoticeable and glaringly simple!
Yet..the revolution that began from this Stable has had the greatest effect on humanity.
>> His birth was to ring in a Political Revolution – He being the King of the World!
>> His birth was to ring in a Social Revolution – Unifying all classes and castes and races!
>> His birth was to ring in an Economic Revolution – Bringing Hope to the poor and the oppressed!
>> His birth was to ring in a Moral Revolution – Emphasizing on intentions of the heart and the mind!
>> His birth was to ring in a Spiritual Revolution – Forgiveness and Salvation for all ready to receive Him!
The beauty and the greatness of God’s Wisdom is to delight in insignificant things…
>> He loves to take simplicity in life, and decorate it with His Divine touch!
>> He feasts on ordinary situations and transforms them into amazing moments of Divine Experience!
>> He enjoys to descend into li’l hearts and converts them to glorious dwellings of His Divine Presence!
Joseph and Mary, went about place to place, inn to inn, looking for a birth place. (Lk 2:7)
It’s a Divine Paradox that the Creator of the entire Universe sought for a place to be born!
Am I ready to make my the stable of my heart ready to receive the Lord?
The Lord was born in a manger.
Wood was to escort Him, all through His Life…
>> The wooden manger would give Him shelter when He was born…
>> The wooden tools would accompany Him as He grew up as a carpenter…
>> The wooden boat will be His pulpit for preaching His Word on the Kingdom…
>> The wooden cross would be His instrument of Salvation and Redemption of the world…
The wooden manger is be a reminder to us that Christmas is the Season, not just of joy, but also of hardships and responsibilities in life!
Christmas is Christ + Mas(s) = the Mass of Christ…. the Sacrifice of Christ!
When we wish Happy Christmas, let’s also remember that the Crib & Cross are two sides of the great sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth.
In the Crib, Jesus descended from heaven and became weak and vulnerable.
>> On the Cross, Jesus embraced sinfulness of the earth and became helpless and miserable.
The Caravan from the Crib to the Cross is Celebrated and Commemorated at Christmas!
Carols will be sung in great festivity on this special day.
There were two types of Carols sung on Christmas Day when Jesus was born.
>> The Carols of Joy when the Angels sang in deep acclamation and mirth – “Glory to God”!
>> The Carols of Pain when the mothers cried in deep pain for their li’l babes who were executed!
There are two types of Carols song even today in our world…
>> The Carols of Joy – people uniting for social justice; hearts turning to the Lord in true contrition; people expressing care & love etc
>> The Carols of Pain – the number of terrorizing acts around the world; families, societies and even churches divided because of money, language, race, caste; increased sense of hopelessness and meaninglessness in life…etc.
Carols ought to remind us of these two aspects… Joy and Pain in life!
When carols of Joy and Pain in life, are sung with Confidence in the Lord, we will be blessed to sing the Carol of Celebration on the Day of Salvation!
Christmas is a great time of celebration…of the Birth of a Baby Jesus who demands space in our Hearts!
Let us take utmost care that during this Christmas, Jesus, the Tiny and Tender Babe not get…
… drowned in the avalanche of cakes and sweets
… buried in the frenzy of shopping and decorations
… drunk in the dirt of revelry and partying
… lost in the celebrations with Santa Claus and exchanging of gifts
Rather, let us make sure that Jesus, the precious and beautiful infant…
… is held close to the heart and given a pledge of our life and love
… is lavished with kisses of our true promises and renewed consecration
… is showered with true smiles of our Love for Him, His Word, His Eucharist & His Church
Yes, Jesus is…and He alone is…and ought to be… the Reason for this Season!
>> May He be born, not just in the crib in houses or church, but in our Hearts and Lives!
Happy Birthday to our Dearest and Beloved Baby Jesus!
Congratulations to our Blessed Mamma for Her Yes and to Blessed Joseph for his care!
A Blessed and a Holy Christmas to all of us!
God Bless! Live Jesus….always!