The Christmas mystery has two parts: the Nativity and the Epiphany. In the first we commemorate God’s humble entrance into human life, and in the Epiphany, its manifestation to the world. The first only happens in order that the second may happen, and the second cannot happen without the first. We are reminded that Christ, as the incarnation of the Father, speaks to us in our language. He came as the light of the world to share his light and the way to the Father. He came for all mankind, Gentiles as well as to the people of Israel. Of interest is the fact that when Matthew (Matthew 2:1-12) wrote, the Gentiles were an outcast, they were outsiders. For us today, it calls all our comfortable religious exclusiveness into question.
The Light of the world is not just relegated to the sanctuary of our Church. Matthew reminded us last week that the child was born to scandal and despite his visitation from men of letters from the east, he was raised among and died alongside the disenfranchised. Meister Eckhart tells us that the Eternal Birth must take place in each of us and that we are like the stable inhabited by the ox of passion and the ass of prejudice, animals which take up a lot of room and which most of us are feeding. And it is there between them, pushing them out, that Christ must be born.
The birth of Christ in our souls is for a purpose beyond ourselves: it is because his manifestation in the world must be through us. Every Christian radiates His Light
The birth of Christ is an example both unique and eternal of how the will of God is worked out on earth. It is the birth of love in our hearts, which transforms life. God’s love overwhelms us and breaks into our lives leaving our human good will behind…The Word became flesh so that the same amazing life that broke into the world when Jesus Christ was born actually becomes realized in our own lives here and now. Yielding to God, (Phillip Britts)