THE BEST WAY TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

(Fourth Sunday of Advent)
Sunday, December 18, 2016.

Mary shows us that the best way to celebrate Christmas. And this is how she celebrated the coming of her son to the world:
1. By accepting the responsibility of bringing God into the world
Just as Mary gave birth to the Son of God, so too can all human beings bring God into the world through their efforts to liberate a world that lives under the shadow of death.

2. By accepting the responsibility of naming God
Just as Mary consented to name her Son, “God is with us” (Emmanuel) (Matthew 1: 23), so too can we all name God: “God is with us” every time we live the fact that God is in our human nature. Conversely, he who does not live the fact that God is in his human nature cannot give God the name: God is with us.
Furthermore, by acknowledging that the name of each person is God is in our human nature, we are acknowledging that the greatness of each individual person is based on the fact that all human beings share in the greatness of their name. Therefore, no individual person will have fullness of life unless all persons have fullness of life.

3. By accepting our responsibility of becoming instruments for the salvation of humankind
Just as Mary accepted the call to join God in his efforts to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1: 21), that is, to save them from all forms of evil, so too can we all join in the efforts of God and of all who strive to restore the goodness of human nature.
To join God in his efforts to save humanity means to be totally committed to his plan to save his people. Mary and Joseph demonstrate that kind of commitment by remaining united to each other and to God. Mary and Joseph demonstrate that we cannot claim unity with God unless we live in unity with one another.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)