By: Bianca Vazquez
Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]
The season of advent is coming to a close. We have used the season of waiting to help us get ready for the birth of Christ, a light in the darkness. God coming to us in the most vulnerable way, as a child, to bring light, love, and peace into the world. Our waiting is over.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2).
Last year on Christmas Eve, Pope Francis reminded us in his homily that Christmas is a time to remember that God’s message of peace “is stronger than darkness.” He offers that the presence of baby Jesus poses to us questions filled with gentle agitation, “Do I allow God to love me?”, “Do we have the courage to welcome with tenderness the difficulties and problems of those who are near to us?” I invite all of us to reflect on how much the world needs tenderness, vulnerability, and love.