In Conversation With God Weekly Reflection
15th Week of Ordinary Time: The Good Samaritan and True Christian Charity

By Francis Fernandez-Carvajal


1/30.3 Adoration of the shepherds. Humility and simplicity in order to recognise Christ in our lives.

Let us all rejoice in the Lord, for our Saviour has been born in the world. Today true peace has come down to us from heaven.[455] We have heard, my brethren, the announcement, full of sweetness and ‘worthy of all acceptance’ that ‘Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is born in Bethlehem of Judah’. My very soul has melted at the sound of these words and my spirit is burning in my bosom, eager with its constant ardour of desire to communicate to you its own joy and exultation.[456]

Let us all set out to contemplate and adore Jesus, for we all need him. He is the only one we really need.

There is no journey so great as that of seeking Christ

There is no journey so great as that of looking for Christ

There is no journey so great

go the words of a popular Spanish carol, telling us that no path is worth following unless it leads us to the Baby Jesus.

Today our Saviour is born. There can be no room for sadness when Life has just been born; that Life which overcomes all fear of death and fills us with the joy of the pledge of eternity.

Nobody should feel excluded from sharing in such joy. Our reason for rejoicing is common to all, because Our Lord, destroyer of sin and death, not finding anyone free of sin has come to free us all. Let the just man rejoice, as victory approaches. Let the Gentile rejoice, for he is called to life.

For the Son, in the fulness of time ... assumed our human nature in order to reconcile the human race with its Creator.[457] Hence springs the joy of these feast days, like a river overflowing its banks.

During these days of Christmas we sing with exultation because love will be among us till the end of time. The presence of the Child is Love among men; the world is no longer a place of darkness; those who seek for love know where to find it. It is essentially love that each man needs – even those men who claim to be already fully satisfied.

Today, whenever we go to kiss an image of the Child Jesus, or contemplate a crib or meditate on this great mystery, let us thank God for having wanted to come down to us so that we could understand him and love him. Let us make up our minds to become as little children so as to enter one day into the kingdom of heaven. We will finish our prayer asking our Father God that we may share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.[458]

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

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[455] Entrance Antiphon, Midnight Mass

[456] St Bernard, Sermons for Christmas Eve, 6:1

[457] St Leo the Great, Sermon on the Birth of Our Lord, 1:3

[458] Collect, Christmas Day

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Francis Fernandez-Carvajal,

Rev. Francis Fernandez-Carvajal

Rev. Francis Fernández-Carvajal is a Priest of the Opus Dei Prelature and the author of many popular spiritual works. His seven-volume series In Conversation with God provides over 500 meditations to be used throughout the liturgical year. It has sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into many languages.

Francis Fernandez-Carvajal,

Rev. Francis Fernandez-Carvajal

Rev. Francis Fernández-Carvajal is a Priest of the Opus Dei Prelature and the author of many popular spiritual works. His seven-volume series In Conversation with God provides over 500 meditations to be used throughout the liturgical year. It has sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into many languages.


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