We Experience His Birth, for Us
Guide: The Grace of His Birth
Many mothers, on their children’s birthdays each year, tell them the details of the day they were born. Year after year, the details are repeated. At this point in our retreat, we will let Jesus show us the details of his birth. We will go beyond the words of the accounts in Matthew and Luke. We will enter more deeply than our imaginative recollection of nativity scenes. This week, we will receive the grace to experience the birth of Jesus and to understand its meaning for us.
Our desire continues. It is important for us to renew it this week. We desire to know who Jesus is much more deeply. In our observing and understanding him, we desire to fall in love with him more completely. With our love for him growing, we grow in our desire to be with him in his mission.
We will let the background of our entire week be filled with the images of his birth. They tell us who he is. As we’ve experienced before, this is not an intellectual exercise. It’s experiential. We need to move among the scenes to know the anxiety of his parents, the poverty of their situation, the simple but extraordinary joy of Jesus’ very human birth, the wonder of his being visited by shepherds, and the danger that already surrounded his life.
This week, can I let every anxiety I am feeling become connected with the anxiety of Mary and Joseph? Can I get in touch though experiences I have this week with Mary’s labor and giving birth, struggling to surrender myself to give life to others? Can I come to know the beds of hay I am being asked to lie in? And then feel them transformed as I stare at Jesus lying there in that bed of hay? Are there poor or simple or handicapped or struggling people in my life who can remind me why the shepherds were so joyful at his coming?
The helps offer very practical entries into the graces of this week. And please consider sharing the graces you are receiving on the Place to Share page of the online retreat.May Jesus, who entered our lives so humanly and completely, continue to help us to grow in a knowledge and love of him today.
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