22. The miracle of Christmas
The bells were ringing for the most joyful celebration of Christians, Christmas, and the hearts of all the people poured out numerous wishes like a fragrant aroma for a Merry Christmas and many happy years of peace and joy!
The same wishes were repeated once more, after the Christmas Mass, to the spiritual father of a group of young children, who were visiting the monastery of the Archangels, up the mountain, to celebrate the birth of the God-man Jesus Christ.
-May God give you, my beloved children, many happy and blessed years. I wish you may also embrace the sweet Holy Infant of Bethlehem, as those blessed shepherds embraced Him, when they visited Him one cold night in the cave where He was born.
-We would very much like, our reverend father, for you to talk to us about that night and the miracle of the birth of our Christ!
-That's right, my child, you speak about a miracle, because the birth of our beloved Jesus is the greatest miracle that ever happened in human history. I could even say that it is not just a miracle but a triple miracle, which made even God's angels admire the infinite mercy of our Almighty Creator.
-Why is it a triple miracle? Could you explain it to us?
-The first miracle is God the Father's decision to send His only-begotten Son to earth to be born as a man, like us, to free us from the bonds of sin that the cunning devil had tied us with, so we could return to His fatherly embrace and to the lost Paradise. The second miracle is that God chose a human, a simple and humble blessed young girl, to become the Mother of His Son and therefore of God Himself. The third and exquisite miracle is that God deigns to allow His only-begotten Son to become for every man who so desires, his beloved Son too, as He was for the Holy Virgin Mary and the righteous Joseph, our Lord's earthly adoptive father. With awe the holy angels saw the co-creator of God the Father, our sweet Jesus, become man and as an Infant be embraced by those simple shepherds, who came by the Angel's command to see Him in the cave where He was born. These three miracles enclose within them the most wonderful secret, which reveals and interprets what God our heavenly Father is for us humans, but at the same time, what He asks us to become, so that He will be able to enclose us in His divine heart! This alone has the power to lead us to the highest peaks of holiness and is not asking us to make excessive struggles for the conquest of virtues.
-Where is this great secret, holy father?
-It is located in the Motherly Heart of our God, my children. We all talk about our God, calling Ηim the Father of our soul. We ignore, however, that this Father is also for us a tender Mother, Who adores us with much love and affection. A Mother, Who does everything to make us happy in His divine embrace. Those people, therefore, who believe that our sweet God is for us the most sweet Mother and allow our soul with absolute confidence to rest in His hands to direct it, then we have climbed the first of two valuable steps which will lead us safely into our God's embrace.
-What is the second step?
-To allow our hearts to be like the motherly heart of our Father God.
To fill it with love and compassion for all people, friends and enemies. Then we will be able to become perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect.
-Can we humans become like our God? Is it possible?
-This, my children, is our Lord's command. To become, that is, perfect in love and compassion, as our philanthropist Lord is perfect. Regarding your question if this is possible, my answer is yes. We have this possibility, because we are created in God's image. The only thing we need to do, with our virtuous life is to be like Him. That is, to live according to our God's Will.
-But father, isn’t this very difficult? Doesn’t it require many efforts and exercises?
-Our God would never ask any of us to do something, if that was too difficult and as a result impossible for most people.
-So, that is why He showed us the most simple and easy way to accomplish it.
-And what is this way?
-To ask Him to give us a saintly motherly heart like His own, to love all people with the same love with which He loves us all.
-Why, father, do you strongly emphasize motherly love? What is the difference from any other form of love?
-Motherly love is the only one that differs from all other loves in strength and sacrifice. Watch the way a mother loves her baby and you will understand. Ask yourself, however, which person on earth you love most and with whom you feel safe and secure. Isn't it for each of us his sweet mother? Even if everyone is blaming a child, only his mother is trying to defend and protect it from every accusation. Only a mother can make the greatest sacrifices to help her child, even if he is the worst child in the world. She would even give her own life to save the unfortunate child. In motherhood lies the ineffable greatness of God's love. That is why human motherly love is the most evident expression of the motherly love of God the Father. Through the mother's love of her baby, God enables us to understand how much He loves us all as the Mother of our souls. That's why like a Mother He sent His Son to earth to become man and suffer in order to save us from sin. But also the love our sweet Jesus gave to all people exceeded the limits of fatherly love and showed the perfection of His divine motherly love. When He forgave the prostitute; when He invited Zacchaeus close to Him; when He accepted the tax collectors, while others only at the sight of them wanted to stone them; when He accepted the bandit into Paradise with just "remember me, Lord" and many others; acting not as a strict Father with His righteousness as a guide, but as a loving Mother with mercy as His guide, Who wanted to save all humans from the bonds of Satan. The culmination of His great fatherly and motherly love is manifested in the words He said to His Father, about those who crucified Him: "My Father forgive them, they don't know what they do." As a Father Himself He said: "Father, forgive them." But He did not stop there, because as a Mother, He also started to defend them by saying: "They don't know what they do, My Father." His motherly heart was not simply content to forgive them, but went further and began to defend them. Our Lord wants us to emulate this love. But how can we achieve such love, compassion and forbearance, even for our enemies, if our heart does not resemble that of our Lord? Therefore, my children, let us ask our Lord to grant us this Christmas a motherly heart like His own.
-Amen, our reverend father, shouted the young children all together!
-I beg our Lord, my children, to give us the ultimate gift, that His Holy Virgin Mother and the righteous Joseph had. God's choice of the Holy Virgin Mary to give birth to His Son was because she had a clean, pure and innocent heart, full of love and compassion for all people which approached God's motherly heart with sweetness and compassion. That's why she was worthy to become the Mother of God. With the birth of the Holy Infant this pure heart became, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, more and more motherly, until our Holy Virgin Mary became a universal Mother, who with strength and boldness intercedes for the whole world to Her Son and God. For us who are struggling on earth and for all souls that are tormented in Hell. So if we keep our hearts pure and full of love towards all people and anxiously ask God to give us His divine motherly heart, then the grace of the Holy Spirit will flood us, as it flooded our Holy Virgin Mother and the miracle of Christmas will be born in our own hearts. Then we will be able to love the divine Holy Infant like our own Baby and feel the love He has for the world and His concern for the salvation of all souls. Then we will show love for all our fellow human beings and we can also anxiously pray for the souls that are tormented in Hell, as the Holy Virgin Mother does. The miracle of Christmas will begin in our souls from the moment we beg our Lord to give us a motherly heart like His own!