(Nativity of the Lord)
Monday, December 25, 2017.

At Christmas time, Christ brings to you the gifts of “glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation” (Isaiah 52:7). He also brings the means to attain what he announces: He bears “his holy arm in the sight of all the nations” (Isaiah 52:10).
Christmas is a time for the world to receive the gift of liberation from the evils of destruction and oppression. The liberation Christmas brings, however, is ignored by those who fail to accept God’s coming into humanity: “He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him” (John 1:11). Those who do not accept God have already accepted something else – they have accepted their worldly idols.
Christmas is the gift of restoration of the order that has existed since the beginning of the world. “In the beginning . . . all things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race” (John 1:1-4).
Christmas will continue to be the gift of the presence of God among us. Christmas will continue to be God’s tireless efforts to restore the original goodness inherent to human nature since its inception. This is why we celebrate Christmas every year.
Those who receive the gifts of Christmas, “become children of God” (John 1:12), God’s “holy arm in the sight of all nations” (Isaiah 52:10), and God’s heralds of life to the world.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).