Walking through the Abbey Church in the silence of the early morning during these days of the Christmas find myself drawn more deeply into the mystery of the LOVE that is at the center of the Christmas season and the mystery it enfleshes. The smell of the evergreen wreaths, the nativity scene mounted on the wall and the glowing of the four candles of the Advent wreath all seem to let me sink deeper into the mystery of God’s love for us by incarnating the Son in the Virgin’s Womb. The quietness of the Church and Chapels, the soft glow of the candles burning on the Advent wreath, and the stillness of these early mornings make me ever so aware of God’s limitless love for us, a love so great that God actually became one of us…there was a popular song in the 1990’s entitled “What if God were one of us” and God IS one of us….what a mystery of ponder, a silent yet powerful mystery that will bear fruit during the Passiontide.
Yet one doesn’t even think of Passiontide as one gazes at the red roses and the poinsettias. I am filled and awed at the God becoming human aspect of the silent mystery of Yuletide and even though I know that the Crib and the Cross are intimately connected, right now I can only ponder the wonderful love God has for me because God has become like me. What gratitude enters my soul and heart and I respond to the call to return that love by seeking to love God in the best way that I can, now and in the seasons to come….Perhaps you can feel that pull of God’s love calling you ever more deeply into the silent mystery of Christmas and hopefully you will respond to that call to serve God and God has served us….I think this is what Jesus means when he tells us that he has come to serve and not be served.
I hope these days of the Christmas season and the New Year will be a time of new beginnings for you and a time for you to re-connect with the mystery of the Incarnation.. May it be a time of searching one’s heart in the quiet stillness of the season and letting your heart respond to God’s call to conversion and an ever deepening of your being part of God’s plan of salvation. The Cross will certainly come but for now let us rejoice in the Crib which signals the unfolding of God’s love for us. O Come, let us adore and let us to tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born and lives in your hearts. God’s Peace be yours.