Tonight, as we contemplate the inexpressible truth that God loves this world and embraces each of us by becoming human in Jesus, we must ask ourselves how we in turn can embody that love in our daily awareness and practice of compassionate self-giving to those in need.
This is what we learn from looking into the eyes of the Christ-child at Christmas. We are put here to love, not merely for the sake of others, but for our sakes as well. To be able to love, to have love planted in our hearts, to have love that may have been long dormant in our hearts unearthed and called out of us, is to be alive. It is the joyful Good News of Christmas.
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)