25th December – The Nativity of Our Lord

I wonder can anybody be seriously pro-choice/pro-abortion on a day like pro-lifetoday when we contemplate Emmanuel, ‘God is with us’ coming among us as a newborn baby? He had however been with us already for 9 months as a preborn baby within Mary, his mother. As Pope Francis has said Each child who is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world.

By way of a more general Christmas reflection, please consider the following commentary of Francis:

“God’s presence among mankind did not take place in an ideal, idyllic world, but rather in this real world, characterised by good and bad things, marked by divisions, evil, poverty, abuse of power, and wars. He chose to take part in our history as it is, with all the weight of its limits and its dramas. … He is God-with-us … Jesus has always been God-with-us, and is always with us in all the suffering and pain of history. The birth of Jesus is the demonstration that God placed Himself once and for all on the side of mankind, to save us, to lift us up from the dust of our misery, of our difficulties, and of our sins”.

The great “gift” of Bethlehem is, therefore, “the spiritual energy that helps us not to collapse under the weight of our labours, our desperation, our sorrows. … The birth of Jesus brings us the good news that God loves us immensely and individually”.

As we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, let us to pray to Mary “to help us … recognise in the face of our neighbour, especially in the weakest and most marginalised, the image of the Son of God made man”.