Christmas 2013 . . .

What a wonderful time of the year. What an event to have taken place in our world over 2000 years ago.

 

 

 

 

Posted December 20, 2013

By Father Tobin

St. John’s Catholic Church

What a wonderful time of the year. What an event to have taken place in our world over 2000 years ago. It’s almost too good to be true, only God could do something like this. That God himself would come into our little world is a mystery of mysteries. But that this is what did really happen is what Christmas is all about. Why? Because, as Scripture tell us, “God so loved the world, He sent His Only Begotten Son”.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and all things there in. Lastly, He said, “Let us make man to our own image and likeness, and to the image and likeness of God He created them.” God had to have great love for this creature, man, that He created him like Himself. We know the rest of the story, how the old serpent, Satan, was hanging around the garden. How he got Eve to take the forbidden fruit and how their call cost all of us that Likeness of God. What now? Will God forget us? Will He abandon us forever?

No way. God right away made a promise of a Redeemer. He said to the devil, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed and He will crush your head.” Yes, there will be a Savior. Praise the Lord.

Years went by before there was more talk of a Savior, but then God spoke to Abraham and He told Abraham, “I will multiply your seed as the sands of the seashore and the stars of heaven and in your descendants the nations of the world will be blessed.” The nations of the world would be blessed in Jesus, our Savior. And again we have the prophet Isaiah telling us, “A virgin will conceive and bring forth a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel, a name which means, ‘God with us’.” Isaiah 7:14.

As the time becomes closer we have the Arch-angel Gabriel coming to a virgin in a little town of Nazareth in Galilee; Luke tells us, “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, the virgin’s name was Mary.” Upon arriving, the angel said to her, “Hail full of grace the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women…”

Mary wondered at the salutation, the angel said to her, “Do not fear, Mary. You have found favor with God. You shall conceive and bear a son, and give him the name Jesus. Great will be his dignity and he will be called the Son of the Most High. … Mary had a question for the angel. She said, “How can this be I do not know man.” Mary was saying to the angel, I am never going to know man sexually, so how can I have a baby. The angel solved that problem for Mary. He said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, hence the offspring to be born of you will be called the Son of God.” Mary then understood and without hesitation she said, “Let it be done unto me as you say.”

At that moment the Word of God became man.

Now all we have to do is wait for Christmas Day and the child Jesus will be born in the stable at Bethlehem.

Two reasons why God became man. No. 1 God so loved the world. God had such love for mankind. He had to because He created him to His own image and likeness … so God sees Himself in man … No. 2 to show His infinite mercy … God has such infinite mercy for sinners.

Merry Christmas to all.