It’s the most wonderful time of the year! – so the song says—and rightly so. It is also the perfect time of year to be celebrating the ever glorious mystery of our Creator and God entering into the darkness of our world by becoming one of us. God humbles Himself and takes on our human form so that we can participate, through Grace, in His Divine Life. Why shouldn’t we be happy! Why shouldn’t the world be filling these shortest days of the year with light! Why shouldn’t our hearts be light and merry as we prepare to celebrate and share with family this Joy to the World! Why shouldn’t the light of our generosity to each other replace the selfishness and stinginess that wants to dominate our human life on earth! As the days become shorter and the light of our terrestrial sun wanes, the darkness of our lives yields to the Glorious birth of God’s Son!
There is no avoiding it. John talks of this Light being present at the beginning of time. The angels appear to the shepherds in the darkness of night, as lights from Heaven, to proclaim the good news. Joseph is awakened in the darkness of night by an angel bearing the light of revelation concerning his role in the mystery of salvation. The light that comes with every newborn child fills the cave of birth with an extra Divine Glow and Mary herself glows with the recognition of this Glorious and Divine Mystery as she keeps all things in her heart.
God’s Life is the key. John tells us in his Gospel, this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Nor will the darkness ever overcome it. It can’t. Darkness is nothingness. It is empty and it longs to be filled because nature abhors a vacuum. We carry the light within us and we share it every time we smile and say, Merry Christmas.