Christmas 2012 with the Little Sisters - Meditation

The Angel said to them: “I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared with all people: to-day a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord.” (Lk 2:10)

Christ, the Lord. Who is he? What does he reveal to us about himself?
“By saying “Here I am” rather than saying “I” Jesus foregoes establishing his own identity, He submits it to another... He presents himself as “Here I am” and, in so doing, leaves himself vulnerable. He offers himself exclusively as somebody who responds to the call of his God and to that of people who may turn to him for help. The identity of Jesus is bound up with his infinite respect for the poor, the hungry and the marginalised. This “Here I am” is the totality of charity. Indeed, isn’t non-violence the only appropriate way for anyone to approach another? This “Here I am” is a kind of silence which leaves the word that identifies to others, to whom he confides it. 1 
 
This thread, “Here I am” runs through scripture. 
Abraham: when God called him, he replied: “Here I am”
God called Moses, Moses: “Here I am” was his response as was that of Samuel:
“Samuel, Samuel”: “Here I am”. And each begins his mission forthwith.
Quoting a psalm, the epistle to the Hebrews summarises very solemnly, the meaning of the coming of Jesus: On coming into the world, Christ said: “Here I am: Father. I am come to do your Will”. 
Other than this specific utterance, there would be no other intimation until that of Mary in her response:”Behold the handmaid of the Lord” Lk 1/38
Mary, being totally receptive, would allow the source to spring up within her. Her Faith and Hope would be fully energised giving her the intrepidity to envisage Jesus’ future.
 
“Mary, you welcome in deep earth: you allow new hope to take flesh in you”  (Hymn)
All these witnesses who have written history reveal to us the secret of their strength. They believed in the transforming power of God ... not through the use of force, but through giving, through abandonment, through faith in Him who is the Master of History. 
 
God comes to humanise our humanity, even to the point of giving us his Son. He strengthens us through the action of the Spirit. We are in his school. We too are invited to “expose” ourselves, to be open to the To-day-of- God. This is a time to live compassion. It is God’s time: a time to humanise the political and economic structures, which, more than ever, allows the individual to fall by the wayside. As the epistle to Ephesians remarks, the Good News is Good News “for the Jews and for the pagans” God saves, God calls to freedom. We are witness to this every day as we discover that everyone who does good comes close to God.
This year, during which the Church invites us to live a year of Faith, could we renew our hope: can we learn to uncover the good in the other ... all the others? ... in our communities, our areas, our world? This good exists and it gives meaning to our communities, to the congregation, to our world. Is this not also a path of evangelisation?
During this last trimester, the Synod on the New Evangelisation is taking place. It reminds us that evangelisation begins with ourselves. I cannot evangelise unless I allow myself to be evangelised: a way of conversion, of metanoia, of complete turn- around.
 
It is also a path of dialogue as Benedict XVI expressed it: “...like Jesus by the well at Sychar, take time to sit on the edge of the well with our fellow citizens, with all those men and women who are often like “sheep without a shepherd” Avail of concrete opportunities for sharing, which, combined with the ardent power of love, attracts the disenchanted gaze of contemporary men and women” Support those centres where the rejects of society, often invisible because they are not seen, feel welcome and at home. To sit down with each person, with compassion and hope is an urgent need in to-day’s world. And, there is the invitation to have this attitude also amongst ourselves.
It was the attitude of God Himself at the well of Sychar. Doubtless, the woman sensed that Jesus, speaking to her was saying: “Here I am”
To live out these attitudes, we need to take time to contemplate Jesus-Christ so that as Etienne Pernet invited: Become other “Jesus-Christ’s”...
 
Let us contemplate our God saying to us:”Here I am” which literally means:”I am here” “The true Lordship of God and Jesus lies not only in “being” but in “being ... here”
The Kingdom of God is there right next to us ... don’t you see it?
Each one of us should say : "Yes, I see it in every person who does good and who therefore comes close to God. We are all invited to be part of this people, this Kingdom."
Therefore, YES! Here I am!
 
May Our Lady on this Christmas Night renew us in Hope through the power of the Spirit?
 
The Little Sisters / General Councillors
20/12/2012
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