I have another article up at NewEvangelizers.com
Merry Christmas, everyone!
It’s Christmas, the season when we remember the birth of our Lord. He came into this world and we are filled with joy! We remember the words of the angels: Gloria in excelsis Deo! How happy are we to remember that beautiful moment in that Bethlehem stable.
But always looming above this moment when the eyes that were opened in the manger were closed in death on the cross. Venerable Fulton Sheen once said “All men are born to live. One man was born to die.” Jesus took on human life so that He could give His life away.
It is interesting to note that Christ’s birth is not in all four Gospels. Only Matthew and Luke write about that Bethlehem event. It was not uncommon for ancient biographies to skip over the early life of their subjects. But the story of Jesus being born is filled with foreshadowing of the Passion. You can read about this more detail in books like Fr. Raymond Brown’s An Adult Christ at Christmas.
You can read the whole thing here.