Good News for the Day, December 25, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Advent (186)
In those days Caesar Augustus had a law enacted that the whole Roman world should be counted This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. In any case, everybody went to be enrolled, in their ancestral town. Joseph too went up from Galilee—Nazareth—to Judea, to the city of David, Bethlehem; he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his fiancée, who was expecting. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth, and she bore her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes A messenger of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them. They felt much anxiety. The messenger said to them, “Do not be afraid; listen! I am announcing to you good news—great joy—that will benefit all the people. Today! In the city of David, a savior has been born for you—a Messiah and Lord. Here will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and resting in a manger.” Instantly, there were great army-host from the sky with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people linked to his love.” (Luke 2)
The discovery of the real Jesus breaks through a lot of words, traditions, habits, and external practices. Something inside shifts—like a planet which turns sideways, a Christmas tree turns upside down—or you are—to put it bluntly—completely reborn. A New Person. New Eyes. New Ears. Aware of Good and Evil—not as external sins, but in the wordless realm of your heart. Grateful. Repentant—and joyfully so. You feel a radiance spreading through you from a darkness that was and is now fading like fog. Life itself is altogether—altogether—new. A Child of God is born. You live the Good News, the Word of God.
Christmas is your birth—from His.