December 25th, 2003
Dick Hauser, S.J.
Rector, Theology Department
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"Your eternal word
leaped down from heaven
in the silent watches of the night,
and now your Church is filled with wonder
at the nearness of her God."
Human reason is speechless in wonder at the magnitude of the mystery
of the Incarnation -- God becomes human! Is this for real?
And so it seems was Mary herself speechless in wonder at the nativity?
Luke notes that Mary and Joseph were amazed at what the shepherds told them,
commenting that "Mary kept all these things pondering them in her heart."
Her response to the miraculous events surrounding Jesus' birth? No
words, just hushed silence and wonder.
And so it is for us. Our rational minds will never be able to figure
out the magnitude of the gift of Jesus' birth. Like Mary and Joseph
we can only wait in the silent watches of our nights and allow God
to reveal the divine love that transcends all our human categories.
Yes, Christmas is the time for pausing in prayer. With minds
stilled and hearts open we ponder before our nativity scenes waiting to
be touched by grace and filled with wonder and awe at the nearness of our
God -- and to realize more fully the gift of Christmas.
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