December 25, 2015
The good news for today – Christmas
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and rested him in a farmyard trough, because there was no room for them were people stayed. (Luke 2, 6-7)
These familiar words call for you and me to reconsider the truly Good News wrapped in them, the mystery and the message of love that stir our hearts. The point, the reminder, is that they do not just inform our minds, memory, and history, but inspire us to act, to change something in life.
The Good News is simply the arrival of New Life. New Life arrives not in grandeur. It comes unexpected. It comes when no real preparations have been made. It comes without other people around (“no room in the inn”). It comes without publicity and the bluster that too often accompanies what you and I achieve.
The discovery and acceptance of the immensity of God’s love, in other words, comes to us—not the other way around. We prepare as best we can—try being humble, try being compassionate, try being really truthful—but in the end, in some quiet mysterious way, the Love of God appears in our loves to change us. We become New Persons. We Shine. We live the paradoxes of humility and greatness, of factual truth and mythic truth, of loving forgiveness and continued failure, of renewal and still being the same old self. THAT is the Good News—the arrival of YOUR New Child, of the Presence of God that was at best invisible, but is now a present Presence.