Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 27 November – 3 December 2016
“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
It’s the time of year again, Christmas, when we start hearing Christmas carols, put up Christmas decorations and start shopping for Christmas gifts. In the Philippines, however, Christmas has already began several months ago – as early as September!
Many of us had events in our lives that are memorable which happened during this season. We also hope for a memorable Christmas this year, but whatever we do, we cannot go back to the same time period from the past. We can only remember or commemorate it.
It must have been a very different night when the first Christmas Day occurred a couple of thousand years ago. We are curious what is different on that night, how the Star of Bethlehem shone differently from the rest, what the weather could have been or what the people around the baby Jesus Christ felt when they saw Him for the first time.
We may not be able to return to that time period and satisfy our curiosity but we can commemorate it just like what we do from the previous years’ Christmas season. Even some of the people who have been with us last year may not be around anymore this time. But, whatever we may have on this Christmas season, let us remember what happened on that night which changed the world.
“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” – C.S. Lewis