Furnished with the Moon and Stars

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Christmas Readings: Is( 62:11-12)   (Titus 3:4-7), Gospel (Lk 2:15-20)

Jesus Christ the infant was laid in a crib in a stable, warmed by straw and the breath of the animals, sung to by the angels, adored by his parents, shepherds and Kings. It all seems so unreal, so unlike today’s blue and pink nurseries furnished with teddy bears, cribs, books and mobiles.

So we ask was Jesus really human? Did he cry, want milk, to be changed, to be held?  Or did Matthew and Luke write a fiction?

Incredible as they seem, the gospels tell a human story of Jesus being born into the world with Mary as his mother. He was flesh and blood, had his own DNA.  He cooed, kicked, moved his arms and learned to smile just as any baby does.

Historical evidence corroborates this.

The difference between Jesus and any infant we know is, of course, enormous.

Our faith tells us, “Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us; and he will be called Wondrous God, Prince of peace, Father of future ages; and his reign will be without end.” (Is 9:1; Lk 1:33)

Titus explains the reason why. “It is because of the kindness and generous love of God, not because of any good deeds we have done, but because of God’s mercy.  God saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”(3:4-7).

The kindness and generous love and mercy of God brought divinity to earth so we would comprehend what generous, unbelievable love God has for us. We are called to imitate Jesus: to be kind, gentle, forgiving, simple, unattached to worldly possessions. We are to reach out to the poor, to feed the hungry, to heal the wounded.

When we meditate on this, we come to really believe and understand a little better the hidden depths of this mystery. We open our hearts to the Incarnation – the Word made flesh.


With whom shall we share our love today?

Who within my family or community is in need of someone to listen or encourage or support them?

How can we deepen our relationship with Jesus?

How can we feel and express our for the plants, the animals, the sky, the stars and the moon? For like today’s teddy bears, the earth and all that is in it furnished Jesus’ nursery!

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