Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 25, 2010

Stephen Hart

Senior, Communications Major,
Business Administration Minor

The Nativity of the Lord: Christmas
(Midnight Mass Readings)

Is 9:1-6
Ps 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
Ti 2:11-14
Lk 2:1-14

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…For a child is born to us, a son is given us.”

I got a laugh a few weeks ago from some of the answers that I received to what I thought was a predictable question. When asking my Sunday School kids whether they preferred being in the light or the dark, several replied that they liked the dark better. “But you can’t do anything in the dark,” I laughed.

Everything changes when light shines into the darkness; what once was hidden becomes revealed. Perhaps this realization is what makes Isaiah’s analogy of Israel moving from darkness into light all the more striking. Israel, like all of us, was broken, imperfect, and in need of clear direction back toward God. Of course, as Christians, our focus turns toward Jesus Christ as the answer to our brokenness. In Him, we find not only one who simply shows us the light: He is the Light.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given” states the prophet. This Light becomes our gift, and what a gift He is! Jesus’ birth marks the beginning of our opportunity to turn forever from our past lives of sin and darkness and accept His salvation. Not only does God give us our salvation, He gives us our salvation as a man, as one of us. A human saves humanity, and how unexpectedly He comes! Not in grandeur, but in poverty; not in pride, but in humility.

It is in Jesus’ lowly coming that we see the fullness of the gift as well as our common call with Him. By taking on our lowly humanity, He seeks not only to transform our lowliness but also to remind us of our own call to be lowly with others, to be a servant for others as He served us. Here, each of us may find who we’re called to become; here, we finally realize how the Light has shattered our darkness.

Like every other aspect of Jesus’ life, we see today in Christmas the opportunity and the invitation to become most fully ourselves. Just as Jesus came to be our Light, we are to be a light to each other in the diverse ways that He has called us to serve. By accepting Him and His birth, we allow Him to transform our brokenness just as light transforms a room from the nothingness of its previous darkness.

As we begin the Christmas season, let us ask the Lord to remind us of the joy that comes from accepting the gift of His birth: the invitation to become who we really are.

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