A Reflection for Christmas by Sr. Loretta Cornell, MHSH President
Merry Christmas, and blessings during this Holy Season of Christmas and all through the New Year.
Cards, good wishes, ads, parties, television specials—they have all led up to this special holiday of Christmas. It is easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle. One of the Christmas stories that I like to watch is a Christmas Carol. Within the story it shows how mercy and forgiveness can lead us into compassionate relationships with others, and especially with our God. The greatest story of this Holy Season is the Nativity – the birth of Jesus.
He broke forth in birth to shine the love of God on all. In the spirit of Christmas we are shown how we can be for one another. Ebenezer Scrooge has an encounter with his former business partner, Jacob Marley. While in business together they were caught up in greed and not looking out for others. When his business partner came to him tormented and dragging heavy chains, Scrooge asks why he is tormented because Jacob was a good businessman. Jacob in a raised voice says that the human race was his business and he was not charitable, merciful, or loving. Jacob tells Ebenezer that he has a chance to redeem himself. Thus begins a long night of revisiting the past, the present and what the future may hold if he does not change his ways. He journeys into the dark night of the soul and finds redemption and is reborn.
Jesus does the same; he journeys with us into time and leads us to look at what we could have done better and leads us to forgiveness of self and others leading to compassion, mercy, joy and love. Jesus calls us to be the light that brings the love of our God to all of humanity.
Let us remember our loved ones near and far. The Mission Helpers have Sisters in Venezuela who, although they are in the midst of their darkness of not having a Church in which to celebrate Christmas, still bring the love and light of Jesus, who knows what it means to be born in a stable. The people in Manzanita, Venezuela, will meet in another location to celebrate the Christmas joy and goodwill, which gives cheery warmth to all the people who are the candle in the night to shine the love of Jesus and spread it throughout humankind. Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”