Nativity of the Lord
Christ’s Mass (Christmas)…
Today, we celebrate Christ’s Mass, and one of the most important events in all of history – the Nativity of the Lord:
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 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 laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. –Luke 2:1-7, NAB
From these humble beginnings, a Savior was born. The roots of our Christian faith began in a manger. At the time, few noticed what was taking place, and how it would change the world forever.
Weeks of preparation have led us to this day: the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord. While Christmas has taken on different meanings for different people, the story of Christ’s birth will always be our focus on this day.
There has been a lot of debate about the true meaning of Christmas, but what is its true meaning? Giving? Spending time with family and loved ones? Helping those less fortunate? While these are all great ways to celebrate the holiday, we find the true meaning in that tiny manger 2,000 years ago.
Jesus, was, is, and always be the reason for the season, just as He was, is, and always will be at the center of our faith. Together with the Father and Holy Spirit, Jesus is more than just a man that lived a long time ago; He is the Savior of the world who became the Most High by being born in the lowest of situations.
I wish you and yours many blessings on this special day. Beyond the gifts found under your tree, I hope that God will bring you the gifts of peace, joy, and many blessings in the coming year. Merry Christmas!