A New Beginning as the Promise of the Ages is Fulfilled
When a baby is born and his parents look upon him and hold him for the first time, it is a time of wonder and awe at so precious a gift. When Jesus was born that Christmas morning and Mary held him in her arms for the first time, and Joseph too, how much greater was the joy and wonder – and sense of mystery – in their hearts.
Conceived through the Holy Spirit, the newborn Child that Mary and Joseph gazed upon was the long-awaited Messiah, the holy Son of God who would save the Lord’s people from their sins, the angel had told them months before (Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:35). The Blessed Virgin then said in thanksgiving, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior,” when she visited Elizabeth. Now, we can imagine the holy couple similarly singing, “Praise be to God and bless his holy name!”
Meanwhile, outside the stable the heavenly host sang, “Glory to God in the highest,” and light appeared in the darkness. To the shepherds abiding in the field at night, an angel appeared. What astonishment they must have felt when the glory of the Lord shone all about them as the Good News was proclaimed, “Today in the city of David, a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.”
A new star also brightly shined in the nighttime sky, a heavenly sign to all the nations of the birth of a new king and savior. The Lord God has come to make his dwelling among us.
The world would never be the same.
A blessed and merry Christmas to all!