As we continue our observance of the Octave of Christmas, my friend Gerry suggests for reflection the following lines by Thomas Merton:
The mystery of Christmas lays upon us all a debt and an obligation
to the rest of mankind and to the whole created universe. We who
have seen the light of Christ are obliged, by the greatness of the
grace that has been given us, to make known the presence of the
Savior to the ends of the earth. This we will do not by preaching the
glad tidings of His coming, but above all by revealing Him in our
lives. Christ is born to us today, in order that He may appear to the
whole world through us.
Christmas Day is behind us (at least until next year), but our task of making known the presence of Christ continues, not only during this Christmas Octave, but every day of the year. And so we need to continually reflect on the question: What am I doing to reveal Christ in my life?