THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD, YEAR C.
25th December 2021
Isaiah 9:1-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14
Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy……
The message of the angel of the Lord to the shepherds read; ‘Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ This message calmed their fears and encouraged them to go and see for themselves the new born king! They went and saw everything just as the angel had told them. The meaning of the message is that the fear and anxiety of life are calmed by the simplicity of the new reality of God.
At Christmas, God is presented to us in a simple way that we can understand. When the shepherds went to Bethlehem, they saw the child in the manger exactly as they were told by the angel. The complexities, the complications and confusions of our world is replaced by something simple. This new and simple reality can only be found in God. The joy of Christmas is founded on simplicity. God came in a simple manner that brought joy to the shepherds. The simplicity is not in the poor background of his birth, but in the truth that everything is as told by the angels. Nothing gladdens our hearts in this age and time than simplicity. God gladdens our hearts with his simplicity.
The joy we share this Christmas and in the new year must come from a simple heart. The new born king will share with us his simple hearts in order for us to share with others.
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM