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December, 11th, 2017, Luis Garcia Orso, S.J. All of the details in the beautifully simple Gospel story of the birth of Jesus speak about communication (see Luke 2:1-20). Caesar Augustus decrees that a census be held without knowing that this proclamation will take Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the place where the long-awaited Messiah was to be born. The Angel of the Lord proclaims the Good News, the great joy, to some poor, outcast shepherds: the Savior is born--the Savior who is found as a poor baby, “wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manager.” Later a multitude of angels praised God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to those who enjoy his love.”
The shepherds find Joseph and Mary and recount what the Angel had proclaimed. Afterwards they return to their fields giving thanks to God for all that they have seen and heard, just exactly as the Angel of the Lord had told them.
At Christmas, we Christians celebrate God’s loving communication, full of grace, given to us in God’s son, incarnated in our humanity. We are given the greatest gift from God’s very self, God’s own son. God is made human, becomes a poor child to live forever with us and to teach us to live in love.
This Christmas we in SIGNIS want to go to our every person we meet to communicate to them the good news of peace, salvation and love which we as Christians have received from God. It is a message that we very much need in our world today, and one on behalf of which so many people of good will work. It is the Good News that we are invited to receive in the Incarnation of the Son of God, in the birth of Jesus.
“We rejoice and take delight in the salvation that he has brought us!“ (Isaiah 25: 9)