PARISH PRIEST’S REFLECTION
Isaiah 52:7-10 | Hebrews 1:1-6 | John 1:1-18
THEME: THE BIRTH OF THE LORD MEANS THAT OUR GOD REIGNS: HE IS THE LIGHT THAT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS OF HUMAN LIFE AND OUR WEAKNESSES CANNOT OVERCOME THAT LIGHT.
The Birth of the LORD gives us confidence, that with God nothing will be impossible. The Child born according to St. John’s Gospel is the WORD which is With God and which is God Himself. From time immemorial, this WORD has been there and all things were made through this WORD and nothing exists without this LORD the WORD that is made flesh. John assures us that if we receive the wonder – Child and believe in His Name He gives us the power to become children of God. For with God nothing is impossible!
This is the meaning of the Birth of the LORD; to restore the image of God in human life, to dismiss the deceitful devil that brings darkness into the human lives. It is the beginning of a long difficult journey from slavery to Freedom.
The devil promised Adam and Eve freedom and when they listened to that devil, they ended up in slavery and darkness, in shame and hiding. The celebration of the Birth of the LORD is the courage to get out of the prisons of sin, the cells of pain, suffering, loneliness, bareness, anger, deception, hatred, Alcoholism, unfaithfulness especially in marriage, intrigue especially in politics, false accusations, violence, greed, exaggerated appetite for power to rule over others and all forms of corruption. That is what it means: that the word became flesh to give our flesh a proper direction that does the Will of God.
The word becoming flesh temporarily appears to limit the overwhelming freedom of God, but that is how God in His Power opens the gates of prison for the sinful humanity. It is a mystery of the birth of the LORD! With God nothing will be impossible!
So we may join prophet Isaiah to admire this mystery: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him Who brings good tidings, Who published PEACE, Who brings Good tidings of Good, Who publishes SALVATION, Who says to us that our God REIGNS. Break forth together in singing you that have been freed from prison, the LORD has comforted us and redeemed us by none other, but His own Son. The Birth of the LORD reflects the Glory of God having purified us from sin and opening for us the gates of Heaven.
May the Birth of Christ restore our Integrity and give us PEACE and JOY.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL AND HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Msgr. Gerard Kalumba
Christ the King Parish, Kampala