Friday, January 4, 2013

The meaning of Christmas: God is Love

Love is an entering into the world’s distress, another’s sorrow or another’s joy.  This is why God is love; this is why Christmas happened.  God so loved the world that he entered into it in the person of Jesus, and he entered into our distress, our sorrows, our joys.  He entered into the whole of our human experience with the exception of sin, but even still, he is one who entered into the pain and brokenness of our world: hunger, poverty, rejection, abandonment were all part of the life he lived, but also he shared our joys: family, religion, celebratory feats, and friendships.  Jesus is Emmanuel (God-with-us) because he came to be with us: face to face, heart to heart, lips to brow, arm in arm.  This is why God came.  This is why Christmas happened, and in light of the Resurrection, we can say more clearly this is why Christmas happens.  Whatever you’re doing, Jesus wants to share that experience.  He wants to be born right there.

God bless you,
Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR

Most Blessed Sacrament Friary
Newark, NJ

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