The Nativity of The Lord

nativityStained Glass Readings & Reflections: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

“God’s sign is the baby in need of help and in poverty. Exactly the same sign has been given to us…. God’s sign is simplicity…. God’s sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendor. He comes as a baby – defenseless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child. He wants nothing other from us than our love, through which we spontaneously learn to enter into his feelings, his thoughts, and his will – we learn to live with and to practice with him that humility of renunciation that belongs to the very essence of love. God made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him, and love him…. Christmas has become the Feast of gifts in imitation of God who has given himself to us. Let us allow our heart, our soul, and our mind to be touched by this fact!”
- (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

In this window we see a portrait of the Holy Family on the day that Jesus, Emmanuel, came to be with us in the world. We can take a few moments to remember the true story of Christmas…the never-ending sacrificial love of God. As we look at the loving way that Mary and Joseph look upon the child let it reminds us to take some time to focus on the great wonder of the Love of God…

By the Love of God…. Jesus came to touch and save us, take away our sins by reconciling us with God (1 Jn 3:5).

By the Love of God… He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (Jn 3:16).

By the Love of God… Jesus as our model showed our way, the truth and life by loving one another (Jn 14:6). He is the light in the midst of darkness (Jn 1:5).

By the Love of God… The Word of God becomes flesh in Jesus (Jn 1:1-18). This portrays God’s love not distant but draws near to us, giving us the opportunity to become children of God (Gal 3:26).

As you look upon this window of the Baby Jesus with Joseph and Mary what can you see to help you open yourself to practice the qualities of the Holy Family? To help grow in trust, humility, obedience, a forgiving spirit, as well as dependence on the will of God just as they did.

Note the simplicity we see in this picture of the wooden manger and angled ruins tin which the manger is carved out of. This humble setting reminds us that instead of seeking prestige and status, He requires us that we humble ourselves, get rid of our self-given importance which is measured on the basis of worldly values. Is there an area in your life that is calling you to humility? Are there ways that you can bring simplicity into your life so that you can focus more on God and less on worldly distractions so we can enter into his thoughts, feelings and will?

Notice the lantern and travel bag in the bottom corner of the window. There were hardships, darkness and difficulties as Mary and Joseph traveled with their unborn child to Bethlehem. But now that they are resting with Him the journey’s difficulties are of little thought. The lantern light which lit their way pales to the Light of the World. They are with Jesus in care of Him and adoration of Him. We also journey with Jesus and seek His light. Like Mary and Joseph, we are asked to find our true vocation in obedient service of the Light of the World. And reflect His light out to others. So this Christmas Season how can you reflect and attract people to the light of Christ?

1) Light: You can attract people to Christ when you have His light in your life and be light shining in the midst of darkness by sharing your goodness to others of the love of God to the unlovable.

2) Show compassion by touching anger to healing and forgiveness.

3) Be in communion with others especially in the family, and parish community involvement.

4) To make the most of Christmas, focus on Christ by sharing your faith in God who became man in the child Jesus. He is the Light of the World!

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!


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