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Christmas Day Reflection
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined." Isaiah. 9:2
On the great feast of Christmas, we are made aware that Christ is the Light of the world. His coming as a human being was prophesied as a great light. Nothing is so friendly as light in the darkness. He came also as the Word out of silence. His coming was announced in the silence of the night to the shepherds who saw the heavens lighted up. But this light was only a shadow of the true Light, which was in the crib.
Before the Word came as a human being, he was already in the world, enlightening everyone coming into the world and sustaining all creation. Now he comes as a human being, in a visible, touchable, lovable human nature. The Light that shines in the invisible heart of all reality is now shining on the face of the child in the crib.
Those who accept this Light, John tells us, will become children of God. We must think of the Light not only as a visible presence, but also as an invisible presence illumining our inmost being. As this interior Light grows clearer, we perceive that it is eternal life begun in us, enabling us to hear the voice of the Father saying, “You are my child.” The awareness of being God’s child – the invincible confidence of calling the Source of all reality Father – is the special grace of Christmas. Jesus’ human birth awakens us to his eternal birth within.
~ Homily by Fr. Thomas Keating