Advent Journal: Day 22–Christmas Eve

annunciation and nativity

I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.”

2 Samuel 7:16

Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:28-30

 Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.
  He has become our justice, our sanctification, our redemption, so that, as it is written: Let him who glories glory in the Lord.
Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the Truth, was born of the Virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new-born child, man is justified not by himself but by God.
From a Sermon of St. Augustine of Hippo
And justice looked down from heaven:  that is what has happened, is happening this night.  As on the Easter Vigil we celebrate the passing over of Christ the Lord from life to death, and then back again, so this night do we keep vigil, celebrating the passage of the Son of God from the eternal realm to the temporal one.  A world in which there was no justice, a world in which the powerful consumed the weak, a world in which there was no way to blot out the effects of sin.   This world had, still has, an evil king, which seeks to ruin its peoples, who rules through the effects of sin, which men introduced.  Tonight comes the true king, the true heir to the kingdom of this world, our true Lord, our true Sovereign; to us who believe, we know none but he.  This night God enters the world in human vesture, and we are not the same as we were before.  This, the true God, was also the true Man, Jesus of Nazareth, our Savior, our Redeemer, our King.  The time is now that we have, all the time we shall ever have, to call upon the Lord who is near to us, as near as the nearest tabernacle, nearer to us than we are to our selves.  Look, and see:  our redemption is at hand.  Look, and see that He who has made us has not left us alone, is not a watch maker or an absentee landlord, has not abandoned us to our fate.  No, he is the God who loves us, and he has come, he is here; He lives, and dwells among us. No longer need we dwell in agony because of our misery, because our sinful nature will not allow us to be whole.  For, behold the angel Gabriel has announced it, the Virgin Mary has assented to it, and now, the Son is born unto us, unto his people.   Let us worship him as did the Shepherds and the Magi, let us live our lives for him as the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph did:  for Christ our God and King has come to dwell in our hearts, and to rule us in peace and justice forever, never to leave us again.

~ by Alypius on December 25, 2017.

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