As Mother Teresa said "It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you. "
May God love others through you today and everyday!
Even though, our Christmas cards depict a peaceful environment, let's be real, it was a tough time for Mary and Joseph.
First:the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem on the back of a donkey was no joy ride for Mary, nine months pregnant. Can you imagine the stress of looking for a place to give birth?
Let us remember the families especially single mothers who give birth to children in poverty without adequate food, shelter or health care.
Second: There was no hospitality inn available, and a stable, well, let's say it wouldn't be a top choice for most people. Think Barn aroma! Yet in our world today millions of people live on trash dumps among squalor without water, electricity or sanitation.
Third: the first witnesses to the birth of Jesus were shepherds.
Shepherds were among the lowest and least of their society. So, what does this say about God's preferential option for the least among us? Are they the ones to show us the way to let God love through us? Who are our "shepherds" today?
Christmas is the time of year we see love incarnate in so many ways. We become more aware of God's loving presence everywhere and in everyone. Christ is born again and again in our world through our compassion and generous service to others. Let us allow God to continue to love the least and lowest in our world through us.
A holy, happy and loving Christmas!
Bridget Mary Meehan, arcwp, www.arcwp.org