"Father, we are filled with the new light by the coming of your Word among us. May the light of faith shine in our words and actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen." ( Liturgy of the Hours, Christmas Morning Prayer)
Christmas day, 2009! A day of celebration, in which we join with our faith communities in worship and praise; or with our families and friends in feasting and merrymaking. We are celebrating love, the love we share with each other as parents, siblings, relatives and friends; but we should also be celebrating the love we experience from God, who gave us His Son, that we might all be saved from the power of sin and darkness. And it is this last part that I think some of us fail to reflect on; and so we fail to really appreciate the true meaning of this day.
Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, came as human to proclaim the Good News of the Father's love, the Good News of our salvation. He brought the light of hope for those in despair, and healing for those who were wounded. He continues to share His light with us, and we in turn are to share this gift that we have received with others. Not just within our families, or our close circle of friends, but with everyone on our streets, offices, markets; indeed, the whole world. If we live as people of hope; others' despair will be lifted. If we live as people of compassion; envy, greed and hatred are swept away.
So we are called to be Good News people, let us begin anew to answer that call.