Becoming a Child

The mystery of Christmas is a call for all of us to become like the little Child. Is that what it means to be born again? St. Leo tells us in today’s reading it was the first act of humility that God’s Son made as he came among us and we need to renew this mystery in ourselves as we celebrate his birth.

“ God’s Son did not disdain to become a baby. Although with the passing of the years he moved from infancy to maturity, and although with the triumph of his passion and resurrection all the actions of humility which he undertook for us were finished, still today’s festival renews for us the holy childhood of Jesus born of the Virgin Mary.

“In adoring the birth of our Saviour, we find we are celebrating the commencement of our own life, for the birth of Christ is the source of life for Christian folk, and the birthday of the Head is the birthday of the body.

“Every individual that is called has his own place, and all the children of the Church are separated from one another by intervals of time. Nevertheless, just as the entire body of the faithful is born in the font of baptism, crucified with Christ in his passion, raised again in his resurrection, and placed at the Father’s right hand in his ascension, so with him are they born in this nativity.”

Age, race, sex, social status, temperament, individual gifts separate us, but “the entire body of the faithful” come during this holy season to be born with him in his nativity.

1 thought on “Becoming a Child

  1. Gail Smyder

    You are right on again Father. The wisdom and awe of St. Leo through your ministry is gift and blessing. The becoming of a child is a good challenge for this New Year and then for whatever time we spend here. We attended a Mass of Resurrection for the father of one of my catechetists this am. The homily was built around a letter an adopted son wrote to his adopted mom and the wisdom and grace he experienced in his life because of the love he was given==his mom was preparing for her death.
    May this New Year find you rich in all the graces and blessings you will extend to all you meet and serve.
    I am blessed to be gifted through your ministry and all those who visit your site.

    Gail

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