We’re down to the final 12 days before Christmas and I’m thinking of Christmas carols. I’ve got my favorites – “O Holy Night” tops the list – but to me, the most beautifully crafted phrase comes from “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.
“Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.”
“Be born in us today.” There is no more fitting nor needed experience today than this: to let God who became incarnate in human flesh in Jesus Christ to become incarnate once again in us. Be born in us today. The Beyond-All-This, the More, the Inexpressible yet seemingly impossibly experiential becoming life to others through us. Be born in us today. The God who desired relationships with humans in the most intimate of ways became one; let us let Him come to us again through our flesh, through our lives, our love, our actions.
Be born in us today. If the Church truly is the Body of Christ in some mystical authentic way, let us – the Church, Christ’s body and witness here in His world – be Him in our communities, Him in our neighborhoods, Him in our families. Let His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Let us be those instruments of peace through which the world can know and be loved by God.
Let us be Christmas today for someone.