From: Mary Zimmerman
The One lying in a manger of hay surrounded by animals, on a cold winter night, who is this Child? The Baby presented in the temple, Simeon and Anna waiting to see? This Boy about 12 years old mingling with learned men, who said, “I must be about my Father’s business,” then went home with His parents, helping His foster father Joseph as a carpenter, then chose 12 men to be His Apostles, eating and drinking with them as they walked the hills of Judea healing the sick and forgiving sins for three years. Then trying to prepare them for what was to come - the Passion - the Agony in the Garden - who was this Man? Holy Thursday, the Last Supper, He ate with His 12 Apostles, trying to explain to them as He broke the bread, “this is My body,” then taking wine saying the words “this is My blood,” it was His way of staying with mankind and not leaving us orphans. Who was this Person working all these miracles and continuing to do so as He sent His Mother to bring messages to the world - Guadeloupe to Juan Diego, Bernadette of Lourdes, France, Jesus Himself to give St. Faustina the message of Divine Mercy to a hurting world.
On Good Friday He was handed over to the men who would scourge Him, put a crown of thorns on His head, and fling a cross upon His shoulders. He allowed Himself to be nailed to the cross. I couldn’t help thinking about this when I was at the dentist this week having a tooth pulled. The dentist was so careful to get me all numbed up as not to feel too much pain. This Man didn’t have anything, as His body endured all this pain. His purpose - to open up the gates of heaven for you and me. Then after three days, coming out of the tomb - Easter Sunday - staying among His Apostles for another forty days preparing them to go and spread the gospel, before ascending to heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Blessed Trinity) to his Apostles and to us. The Holy Spirit wants to help us be good, clean out our hearts, and start anew this Advent.
His Mother is crowned Queen of Heaven, but what about the King?
“This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds greet and angels sing, haste, haste to bring Him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.” (from the song, Who Is This Child).
Christ’s’ Mass, Jesus’ birthday. We are even given a period of time called Advent in preparation for all this Man Jesus, Son of Mary, did for us.
Parents and grandparents teach the children what Christmas is all about. They need to know it’s more than Santa Claus, Christmas trees and presents. It’s Jesus’ birthday. Now we know who was lying in the manager.
Peace and joy and Merry Christmas.