Emmanuel -“The Splendor of Joy and Giver of Life”

Fr. Soosai Rathinam, SdC

Just before Christmas we are in a joyful mood, thinking about various shopping excursions, decorations,   scrumptious cakes and assorted parties. In this consumerist context, it is good to ask oneself “What does Christmas mean to me?” It is difficult to answer and find out immediately a relevant purpose of the Mystery of the Incarnation.  The great and awesome God became man for us! This could be a nice reply. It is easy to celebrate Christmas and miss the main focus of that which has the most profound effect upon our lives. We celebrate the Savior’s entry into the world, His life and who is also entering into our lives.

“I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Pope Francis develops the theme in the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel). Jesus filled the lives of the underprivileged with the gifts of bread, wine, health, friends and joy, valuing their dignity and elevating them as children of God. He came to share what we are, to give meaning to what we do, and who is among the vulnerable for whom our Congregation takes care with particular love and concern, the most defenseless and innocent. As our Holy Father rightly says “It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life but we “are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live”. Henceforth Jesus comes as gently as an infant to safeguard wounded humanity.

Many of the values prevalent in our society are too self-serving and very materialistic. The urgent need is the real quest for God which is the fundamental call of religious life. Emmanuel, God is with us! He who is always in search of us to deepen our relationship with the mystery of the incarnation and touches both mind and heart thus giving spiritual awakenings. Let our hearts be open so that those who seek us will find room and feel comfort and warmth. Jesus wants us to touch human misery and to touch the suffering flesh of others.

May our heart exult with joy because the Savior is born and true light illuminates the world with life and bread thus sustaining the life of the weakest members of society.

Merry Christmas!

Fr. Soosai Rathinam, SdC

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