I love Christmas presents almost as much as I desire newborn Jesus. You’d think this might pall with age, or raising are sorry that I haven’t vested more in spiritual Advents( being occupied as I often am with getting enough offerings for my ever expanding clique of friends and family ). Quite the contrary! I recognized at Mass on the 4th Sunday of Advent this year that if anything, I’ve been too paltry in my endowment returning. Yes, there were at least 24 gifts under the tree( for 4 of us) at last count, but forced to stop shopping for a moment and reflect in the light of the amply light Advent wreath, the bright tabernacle flare, and the Advent of Jesus at the Consecration, I could only conclude that our endowment dedicating is only the slightest reflection of the gifts the Christ Child brings.
With Chesterton, I’m filled with wonder, awe, and ineffable thrill at the plenitude of gifts with which He enriches countries around the world, and when He Himself participates record to give us Himself, there is nothing to do but, like Goodness diffusive of His Trinitarian self, share the wealth. And laugh!
For here, off the very top of my joyful little manager, are only a few of the knacks that Little Jesus makes 😛 TAGEND 1. The Limitless Love of the Heavenly Father
My gift establish simulates itself on the charity of God the Father. Who could be more prodigal than He, “wasting” His only Beloved Son on the likes of disinterested man? And yet, it is never fairly for Him. The Father commits us the Son daily on our altars to offer back to Him. And yet still it is never enough, for He surrounds us with commendations beyond weighing, spiritually and often materially, the petition for “our daily bread” embracing every contingency.
As Jesus told Servant of God Marcel Van, He simply hampers back because He knows that without restraint, His love would be too much for us if given all at once. We have a lifetime to receive it, and He all of time to give His limitless love, and then — the only solution for a Limitless Love — all of eternity. But it starts especially on Christmas, when the Father establishes us the greatest gift, His well-beloved Son.
2. Mary and Joseph
And there, with newborn Jesus, are Immaculate Mary and good St. Joseph. He makes us them more, that we might have a mother and leader like us, and that in their care and love for little Jesus, we might learn how to live and to adore Him.
3. The swine
No wonder St. Francis of Assisi started the habit of the living creche. What is more wondrous than the thought of God coming to dwell, first, between an ox and an ass, with sheep the second largest ones( after Mary and Joseph) to come with their custodians to admire Him? He is born in the animal’s home, and they rectify us an example of how to welcome Him. In simplicity, just as we are, whenever He comes, with only our gulp must be given, but dedicating it unstintingly that we may keep the little God warm in the freezing of the mid-winter night.
4. Peace on earth
The angels announced it to the shepherds, and St. Luke reports it straight off, immediately after Jesus is born, wrap in swaddling clothes, and folded into a manger. God bless Charles Schultz — when I read Luke’s account, I sounds Linus’ voice in the age-old T.V. special, and the truth is all the more poignant for being recited by a child. But there it is, year after year, the send of the first one angel, and then a multitude of the heavenly multitude: “Fear not! I “ve brought you” tidings of enormous exhilaration which shall be for all the people! ”
And amidst the singing more beautiful than had ever been sung before: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and conciliation on earth! ” We don’t realise the fullness of treaty hitherto while societies fury, but the serenity of God Himself, everlasting Love and Perfection, has come to us in Jesus, hoping to find a welcome in our hearts.
You can begin to see why 8 presents apiece hardly does the number of jobs. They are ornaments to wreak smiles to faces because Jesus has come to save us! What wondrous kindnes is this, and what is our fitting response? Wonder, awe, delight–the infinite God has become a tiny baby. We will never be left alone again, and even for introverts, that isn’t bad news! Our God comes silently, as in the stable, and noisily, as to the shepherds at their watch. He will suit Himself to your needs, but the tidings of huge exhilaration are that He is here!
At the darkest time of the year, Jesus comes to removed His light. He will teach the darkness of our hearts and lead us to the Truth( Himself) as the adept relieved the sky and extorted the Magi. The glorious practice of Christmas cards will hopefully raise many portraits of the infant-God and His light into your dwelling. But if you haven’t had your fill, you are eligible to soon find some for half toll in stores whose proprietors don’t know enough about the 12 daylights of Christmas to sell them now for double! My favorites are those with make-ups by the Old Masters who substantiate, masterfully, the beacon in the manger scene emanating from the newborn infant. May He enlighten us all!
7. The Communion of Saints
This is the beginning. When Christ is born, Mary and Joseph are first, then shepherds, then wise men, but then a shadow of watches, a cavalcade of Saints will come on bended knee to admire Him. We can find them, every one, at the stable, and they are waiting, joyfully, eagerly, to introduce us to the Mystery of Incarnate Love as He disclosed Himself to each of them. What a blessed companionship!
8. The Holy Spirit
The Incarnate Word of the Father is filled with the Spirit of Love. Isaiah has foreshadowed this too, His anointing with the Spirit, that Holy Spirit with which we extremely are anointed at our baptisms and evidences. On Pentecost the Spirit will come as flames — but here is His beginning among us, in the kindle of adoration burning in the Sacred Heart of newborn Jesus.
9. Holy communion
He is born in a stable in Bethlehem, far from the cradle his promote papa, the carpenter Joseph, so lovingly carven for Him. Bethlehem entails “house of dough, ” and He is set up in a manger–the feeding trough of the swine. He has come to be our menu, and when He says, before the Last-place dinner and His first appearance as true-life meat to be expended that our organization with Him may be entirely Incarnational, He says, “With great lust I have wanted this.” Yes, even from the moment of his birth in a target so rich in symbolism and wanting. He is our Bread from Heaven, and how solicitous of Him to prepare us for His coming with each of our Advent Communions. May your Christmas Communion with Him be the sweetest of them all.
10. The Little Way of Spiritual Childhood
God comes to us as small children. The Saints kept it well when they explain that He came as an newborn to excommunicate our fright. Let us be children with Him. Let us approach the creche and kiss His tiny paw, His tiny entrusts, His tiny face. Let us be that child the mother has to pull away from the newborn lest he mash His baby brother out of love! Jesus will not be suppressed by our love , no matter how rabid and numerous our kisses. Let each gift you sacrifice and receive be a kiss for and from little Jesus, and may your smacks be plentiful and your rapture and treaty unbounded, like the Limitless Love of God!
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