by Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX
Our pilgrimage continues. Let us follow Mary and Joseph in spirit to Bethlehem. They walked 3 – 4 days with little provision and comfort. They had planned for Jesus’ birth at Nazareth. But, Divine Providence thwarted their preparations. How did they react? How would we react? Man proposes; God disposes. So, let us receive God’s intervention in our lives. He destroys, to make improvements. He allows sins to become our Savior. But, are we willing to be saved? “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.” (Jn. 1:11) We would have thought that He spared His own family from the troubles and perils of a long journey. Yet, the closer we are to Jesus, the heavier our part of His cross – for He is born to be our sacrifice; the ransom for our sins.
Despite its difficulties, like Mary and Joseph, let us be grateful for the year 2016. However, let us not forget that a pilgrim who carries a heavy knapsack is obliged to walk slowly, or to make many stop-overs. In either case, he would arrive late, or would give up his journey completely. As we contemplate the Baby Jesus in the manger, let us detach our minds and hearts from the riches and pleasures of this world, in order to attach them to Him alone. For “as many as received Him, He gave them power to be made the sons of God.” (Jn. 1:12)
Wishing you all a holy and happy Christmas!