Come Lord Jesus, Come!

The Prophecy of Micah (Micah 5:2-4)

“[2] AND THOU, BETHLEHEM Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity. [3] Therefore will he give them up even till the time wherein she that travaileth shall bring forth: and the remnant of his brethren shall be converted to the children of Israel. [4] And he shall stand, and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the height of the name of the Lord his God: and they shall be converted, for now shall he be magnified even to the ends of the earth.”  (Douay Rhiems Bible)

The Nativity of Our Lord

Come, then, let us observe the Feast! Truly wondrous is the whole chronicle of the Nativity. For this day the g2ancient slavery is ended, he devil confounded, the demons take to flight, the power of death is broken, paradise is unlocked, the curse is taken away, sin is removed from us, error driven out, truth has been brought back, the speech of kindliness diffused, and spreads on every side, a heavenly way of life has been implanted on the earth, angels communicate with men without fear, and men now hold speech with angels.

Why is this? Because God is now on earth, and man in heaven; on every side all things commingle. He became Flesh. He did not become God. He was God. Wherefore He became flesh, so that He Whom heaven did not contain, a manger would this day receive. He was placed in a manger so hat He, by whom all things are nourished, may receive an infant’s food from His Virgin Mother. So, the Father of all ages, as an infant at the breast, nestles in the virginal arms, that the Magi may more easily see Him. Since this day the Magi too have come, and made a beginning of withstanding tyranny; and the heavens give glory, as the Lord is revealed by a star.

To Him, then. Who out of confusion has wrought a clear path, to Christ, to the Father and to the Holy Ghost, we offer praise, now and forever. Amen.

-St. John Chrysostom

Come Lord Jesus, Come!

How shall we approach this great mystery, our Saviour born in time, a Virgin giving birth, God born as man?   We might ask a thousand questions, searching for details and explanations and clarifications.  It is a reasonable question after all; “How can this be?”

Recall a child’s wonder in this season of giving.  He might inquire how Santa knew that he really needed a bicycle, and however did he manage to carry it in a sleigh?  But a child knows that love made it possible.

As children of a heavenly Father, all our answers come with a simple reply.   “It is by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  What do you wish to know about the Christmas feast?  What question will you ask your angel?  The answer is found in accepting that this feast is a celebration of the power of the Holy Spirit, who has accomplished such a wonderful miracle.  The Spirit of Love, the Lord of Life, the Spirit of Power has overshadowed our world, and the Virgin conceived, the cave is illumined, and a world transformed.  The questions may be many, but the answer is One.   “It is by the power of the Holy Spirit!”   A profound confidence in the Spirit of God will calm our restless mind, our searching reason, our yearning soul.  Glory be to the life-giving Spirit, our answer and our hope.

Taken from Byzcath.org

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