Saturday, January 9, 2010

Carrying Christmas Into the New Year

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

Today is the last day of the Christmas Season and then we go into "Ordinary Time". But is it ever ordinary?

I was thinking this morning of how our weaknesses make us close to Christ. Every Christmas we encounter the Incarnation, but I hope we encounter it differently each time. And each time we also face our own weaknesses. Each season that we come upon and are able to accept our own humanity, we are able to understand what it means to be a 'woman among women' or a 'man among men'. We have our faults, we have our weaknesses, (as far as I know no one here is a god), and we share our human struggles and the deeper we understand our own human struggles, the greater will be our ability to see the wonder in each person, because each one struggles to be all they can. We have our days of when we're a little weaker and our days when we can step up and face our weaknesses and go on. God is with us through it all. He lifts us above our weaknesses because He lifts us in Himself. He has overcome all things. That should give us an even greater excitement for life because He will do all things for us.

If we can leave this Christmas Season with a greater understanding of our own weaknesses, then God has conquered within us. It's His gift to us and we can carry that grace on to this new year.

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