Saturday, December 25, 2010
The Power of Christmas
So, do not be afraid!
A couple weeks ago I told the story of a Muslim woman in Iraq who – despite the great danger to her life — is converting to Christianity. She’ll be baptized a Catholic next Easter. That Muslim woman is living this gospel message. She is not afraid. And she bears witness to this astonishing fact: the Incarnation continues. Christ is still coming to us.
If God makes that possible, imagine what other miracles He has in store.
Yes: on this night, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
A savior has been born.
And he continues to be born in our hearts, if only we will allow it to happen.
That, I think, is the great power of Christmas, the reason why year after year that beautiful passage from Luke resonates. Christmas is about redemption, yes. But it is also about God’s overpowering love for us – His reassurance to a troubled, frightened, war-torn world that He is with us, through everything.
He dreams with us.
He struggles with us.
Merry Christmas, everyone."