Christmas is a Time of Love

Christmas is a Time of Love

This is the time of year during which we all celebrate the season of Christmas. It is easy for us to get absorbed into the culture of materialism that our modern society encourages, especially during the Christmas holiday. But we must never forget the reason for the season.

God came to earth and became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. The Christmas event that we celebrate is incredibly special; because we are celebrating the fact that our God chose to reveal His own mind and heart to us by being present among us in that tiny little infant lying in a manger.

Christmas is an amazingly special event! Our Creator, the Creator of the entire universe, chose to humble Himself, in such a vulnerable and helpless way, simply to reveal the depth of His love for all humanity.

The Sacred Scriptures refer to God as the Creator many times. In fact it is mentioned at least 61 times in the Old and New Testaments. For example, in the Old Testament’s book of Job, we’re told that when God spoke to Job, God said, Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation — while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? (Job 38:4&7)

That Scripture text speaks of the beauty and the wonder of God’s creation. It also reminds us that, at the moment of the earth’s creation, the angels rejoiced while the morning stars all sang together.

It is hard to imagine the stars actually singing together; and it is even harder to imagine the scientific community ever conceding to such a possibility. Yet, in its attempt to explain the unexplainable, the scientific community has proposed a theory that does just that.

“String theory, or M-theory, postulates that all the particles, atoms, molecules, etc. in the universe are nothing but musical notes on vibrating strings or membranes. If true, it means that physics represents the beautiful harmonies of nature, and that chemistry represents the melodies played on these strings, and the universe is a symphony of strings. It would also mean that the “mind of God” is cosmic music resonating through all the dimensions of hyperspace.” (Michio Kaku, Ph.D “Reading the Mind of God”)

The thought of God creating and sustaining all of His creation through the beauty of music is a wondrous thought. Yet in our Eucharistic prayer at mass we pray, Father, You are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise. (Eucharistic prayer #3) And in the Psalms we pray, Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord all you lands. — Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the Lord. (Psalm 96:1 & 11-13)

While Jesus, our Creator and Lord, was among us, he encouraged us in many ways saying things such as: Follow Me, Let your light shine, Seek first the kingdom of God, Ask and you shall receive, and so on. But only once did Jesus say, I give you a new commandment. And that commandment was Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)

I pray that you may all experience the Peace of Christ, not only during this season of Christmas but always. May His love fill your heart! And may that love manifest itself through the love we all share with one another.

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Written by
Deacon Donald Cox