Visiting the Crib

– Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord –

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us. So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the child lying in the manger.”  [Luke 2:15-16]

‘Mary invites all, rich and poor, just and sinners, to enter the cave of Bethlehem, to adore and to kiss the feet of her newborn Son. Go in, then, … go and see the Creator of heaven and earth on a little hay, under the form of a little Infant; but so beautiful that he sheds all around rays of light. Now that he is born and is lying on the straw, the cave is no longer horrible, but is become a paradise. Let us enter. (St. Alphonsus Liguori)  

O, what joy it is to gather around the Christmas crib and rejoice that God has become one of us, so that we might become sons and daughters of the living God. Do we come with joyful and expectant hearts, like the shepherds to sit in wonder and awe that our Saviour dwells among us?

In the midst of family festivities today, will we take some time to read and ponder the Christmas story and sit before the crib, expressing our gratitude to our God who comes among us in simplicity and poverty? Will we look beyond the glitter and tinsel and discover the light of Christ in our hearts?

‘My prayer for you is that when Christ comes to you in Christmas, He may find in you a warm home and warm love like that of a simple shepherd who was the first one chosen to see Christ.’- St. Teresa of Calcutta


by Mike Humphrys

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