A New Bethlehem Today?!

We are at the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year in which the Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also the great anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.
The time has come for us to proclaim and celebrate the riches of the mystery of the Incarnation. This event should not lead us into a mere commercial extravaganza. What is a key to opening the mystery of the Incarnation? And where is a New Bethlehem today? And what type of man did God become? Today the poor are moving and crying out with the escalation of the migration crisis everywhere!
The deepest meaning of the Incarnation is that God so loved the world, so loved us, that He came to find a space in our minds and in our hearts where He can be with us and we with Him. We celebrate God’s entry into our world as man so that He may enter into our lives. He came to share what we are, to give meaning to what we do, to heal wounds and to give life. Therefore, God’s unconditional love is the greatest of all gifts and through an act of humility He fulfilled it.
Today, an upward mobility is a common phenomenon in terms of an ongoing increase in human potential-becoming healthier, stronger, more intelligent, more successful; more narcissistic, etc. In the world/society in which we live, we see the blatant and shocking implications of idolatry of upward mobility through nuclear warheads, missiles, satellites, terrorism, etc. Humility indicates lowliness, littleness or poverty in terms of downward mobility. The word of God came down to us and lived among us as a slave in a downward way: power to powerlessness and from greatness to smallness like Blessed Mary in the Magnificat.
As we are beginning the year of Mercy, we need to constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy, which is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us and the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. Father Guanella in his writing, “Heart of a Father”, and in his book, “The Month of Fervor, says: “The Heart is the source of all consolation which is essentially merciful and one who puts himself/herself in others’ shoes.”

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