By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON
Christmas is rapidly approaching. It is a time when we experience the joy and peace of God’s presence. The crèches in our homes, the decorations and tableaux in the churches, the sermons and joyous music help us recall the most memorable day in human history — when God became man.
We are very familiar with the story of our Lord’s birth, especially as related in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke: the census, Mary and Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem, the rejection at the inn, finding room in the stable, the angelic hosts, the guiding star, the shepherds and wise men, and most of all the babe lying in the manger wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Yet, the images, as beautiful as they are, are almost too familiar so that we do not fully appreciate the meanings they present.
Christmas marks a turning point in human existence, a new era for the human race. Some 2,000 years ago, the Second Person of God came to Earth and assumed the nature of man. His birth changed our relationship with our Creator. God was no longer an unseen, eternal, infinite, omniscient spirit that our reason could not comprehend. God as a Divinity is a mystery. … Continue Reading