Christ is born! Христос Раждається!
In the Byzantine Icon of the Nativity of our Lord, the place of Jesus’ birth is depicted as a cave – a hole in the earth. It is a setting far from the comforts of home. There is no tinsel, no candy, no turkey dinner at the first Christmas; this setting is the consequence of there being “no room in the inn” and God’s choice to enter creation – our time and space. So, the earth itself welcomed its Creator!
If it happened now as it happened then… who would do the welcoming? God continues to come to us in ways and in places we least expect. May we be open to surprise and pray for the grace to recognize God With Us in every time and every place.
On behalf of the Redemptorists of the Yorkton Province, I wish you a blessed Christmas and an ever deepening awareness of God’s loving presence in your life and in the world around you. May the joy and peace of this holy season be with you throughout the new year!
Fr. Larry Kondra, C.Ss.R.