Merry Christmas! Today, over 2000 years ago, the world was forever changed as God was born a little baby in a humble stable in Bethlehem. He was a Savior for all men, but particularly the poor, the humble, the poor in spirit. His crib was a feeding trough and the first to hear of his birth were shepherds. And then kings, the wisest and richest in earthly terms, came and bowed before this baby and offered him the most precious gifts they had. Shepherds and wise men alike knew that this baby lying on straw was more important that any other person on earth, because he made the earth. I would like to share a few thoughts from great saints and theologians about this feast day.
“Dearly beloved, today our Saviour is born; let us rejoice. Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness. No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came to free us all.” —St. Leo the Great
“In the Christian story God descends to re-ascend. He comes down…down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature he has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him.” —CS Lewis
“Exiled from the earth, our Lord is born under the earth, for the stable was in a cave. He was the first caveman of recorded history, and there he shook the earth to its very foundations. Because he’s born in a cave, all who wish to see him must be bend, must stoop, the stoop is the mark of humility. The proud refuse to stoop. Therefore they miss divinity. Those, however, who are willing to risk bending their egos to go into that cave, find that they are not in a cave at all; but they are in a universe where sits a babe on his mother’s lap, the babe who made the world.” —Fulton Sheen
“Christ is born, glorify Him! Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him! Christ on earth, be exalted! Sing to the Lord all the whole earth; and that I may join both in one word, let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him who is of heaven and then of earth. Christ in the flesh, rejoice with trembling and with joy; with trembling because of your sins, with joy because of your hope.” —St. Gregory Nazianzen
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