Brother Domenic’s Christmas Message
Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman's breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother's arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter's despised son.
- Charles Spurgeon
Dear Members of the De La Salle Community:
As we end the period of waiting and enter more properly into the season of Christmas, recalling the birth of the Messiah, the Anointed One of God we can easily get too caught up in the merriment and bustle which accompanies these days leading to Christmas. No feast of the contemporary calendar is looked forward to with greater expectation, but which seems to leave us as rapidly as it arrives. Gone are the Twelve Days of Christmas whereupon we reflect on the fulness of the Coming of the Messiah to our world. The good cheer and spirit associated with the time also seems to dissipate quickly as do our thoughts about the meaning of the coming of our Saviour. Yet, by the very merit that we call ourselves Christians we are bound to reflect in our hearts about a tiny child born so long ago and in the remotest of circumstances whose life changed the course of history, and brought God to men and men to God. Like Mary, let us ponder the mystery of the incarnation and explore what it means to be followers of Jesus of Nazareth. It is as his followers that we are called to participate in this mystery and bring to all people of good will the God revealed by Christ. Who is this God? The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and King David; the God who chose a humble Virgin to be the Mother of Christ and the Mother of God. This mystery, and the need to comprehend its meaning seem to me to have never been more important. Meister Eckhart once asked, what good is it to me if the eternal birth of the Messiah takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to the Son of God if I do not give birth to him in my time and my culture?
Our world today is steeped in confusion and uncertainty. For many, God is dead. For others, God remains an illusion or simply a conveniently-used agent of the superstitious nature of mankind. Even those who claim to be religious too often have rendered God into the likeness of man. The God found by the shepherds and sought by the Magi is the God who gave sight to the blind and made the lame walk. He forgave the woman caught in adultery and ate with publicans and sinners. He is a God who wept at his friend's grave and taught the multitudes the parable of the Prodigal Son. He is the God who reminds to turn the other cheek when our enemies strike and who does not deceive us when he tells us we will suffer for His Name. These are some of the things we should ponder in our hearts if we are to encounter the God of Mary and Joseph, of Peter, Paul and John, of the least, the last, the forgotten, and the poor. In this way we truly celebrate the meaning of the coming of Jesus into our world and to show us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. In him we are saved by divine justice and mercy by God who is always among us. Let us dare to follow Him from the Stable to the Cross always in His abiding and holy Eternal Presence.
May the Christ Child fill our days with opportunities to experience His love throughout the New Year which we hope will bring peace and healing.
Brother Domenic, fsc