The birth of Christ our Savior at Christmas is a mystery that draws us into contemplation of the beloved Word Made Flesh. However, as we all know, it is only a start, a first step into the mystery of God’s love that grows deeper and overflows with wonder as this holy season unfolds into a new year..
Put the scene next to some of the statements Jesus made about himself and his work as an adult already plunged into his public ministry. See what insights that juxtaposition leads you to! (I’ve been doing this myself and have had some surprises—I wish the same to you! I’ve tucked in some examples in case you need a jump start! They’re pretty random, and spur-of-the-moment, but this reflection is one more pre-Christmas case of “finished is better than perfect”!)
Here are those examples to start your reflection. You probably have favorites you can add to the list for yourself.
…to which he adds elsewhere, “unless you become like a little child, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven” (see John 3).
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