Every Christmas the light of God’s glory shines anew when the Infant Jesus is born once again spiritually into the world – Christmas not only being the anniversary or celebration of His Birth more than two thousand years ago, but a new birth, in a spiritual sense.
This new light, this spiritual birth of the Lord becomes a reality in us, bringing fresh Divine graces to our minds and hearts – and the better we are prepared, the richer and more abundant they will be.
Now Our Lord Jesus could have come into this world as Adam did – as an adult, but he came as a Child. Why? Perhaps precisely because He wanted to be born in us, in our minds and hearts, and wanted to be welcomed by us and in us as a Child – an Infant.
He would therefore like us to welcome Him as a Child and that we relate to Him as a Child: a desire He expressed in a passage of St. Mathew’s Gospel: ‘Whosoever receives one of these little ones in my name, receives Me.’
What are the virtues He manifested to us in His earthly life which are precisely those of a child? In the first place, perhaps, simplicity, innocence and humility. Christ as God is simple and innocent: He is simplicity itself; He is innocence itself; simplicity in being One God; innocence in being Goodness and Holiness incarnate.RORATE CÆLI: A CHRISTMAS MEDITATION: ‘A Spiritual Natvity’ by Father Konrad zu Lowenstein