A place to leave behind the past, to have the
fullness of the present,
and to look forward to the bright future.
“Unto us a Child is born…” wrote the prophet Isaiah. Unto us! Today! For you and me! The words of the prophet reverberate with the impact of the moment and even today this impact resonates in grateful hearts and peaceful minds.
Beyond the obvious, the respect for the value of childhood echoes a deepened understanding of manhood and womanhood. It addresses the relationships that are forged throughout the family of mankind. Children define relationships and make individuals become a family. They identify metaphorically and physically the complex network of being.
When our children were born, my wife and I were excited. We prepared in the usual ways and looked forward to getting to know our newborns whom we already loved. Our love was genuine and it included not only the little ones, it integrated everyone. These children would turn our own parents into grandparents and our brothers and sisters into uncles and aunts. By simply coming into being, children redefine relationships within the family and show the wonderful web into which life is woven.
In a similar but much more significant way, the Child of Bethlehem, born into the family of humanity, showed, by His very existence, the wonderful web into which spirituality is woven. This gracefully celebrated advent of a new era inaugurated an age of spiritual fulfillment, of respect for the individual, and a deeper understanding of God, the healing power of Love.
The key to understanding why this Child was born unto us is hidden within the virgin birth, revealing in a new way that God is a Father. Jesus did not have a physical father but was spoken into time and space by the Father of all that is, was and will be. Later, in a touching and powerful sermon, Jesus would teach everyone a simple prayer starting with the line: “Our Father which art in heaven.” Our Father is Spirit and
we belong, through and with Christ, to one spiritual family. We are indeed brothers and sisters. When Jesus pronounced “Our Father,” He defined His own role within the spiritual family of humankind and made clear that united to Him we are one. He demonstrated the Father’s love. It is a rich heritage extended to all and the family ties we have in Christ draw upon this heritage. For this we owe Him unceasing homage.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” The joyous music that Handel wrote for this message resonates in the hearts and minds of people around the world. This Child is for us - for you and me. This Child relates His own being to all of us and demonstrates the sturdiness of the covenant between God and His people.
Christ spiritually connects us with our Father. After Jesus’ time on earth, life was never the same. The birth and life of Jesus reaches beyond the stable in Bethlehem into our homes, unfolding their meaning into our lives. It is a tender mystery, reaching beyond happenstance into divine design. It is revealed whenever someone is touched by the sweetness of truth. So let the angels sing to us this Christmas and give glory to God in the highest.
~ Peace on Earth and goodwill towards all ~
In His Light,
Bishop Raymond Contois