Mental Prayer Support Podcast – Christmas series
Christmas 5 – God became a baby
In this series we’re meditating upon the most important events related to Jesus’s Nativity. If it’s your first time here, go to the introduction series, where we show how to get the most of theses prayers.
This meditation is about the day when Jesus was born, the real meaning of Christmas. Today we kneel before the manger at Bethlehem adoring the infinite God hidden in the weakness of a newborn child. There would be no meaning in celebrating Jesus’s birth if he weren’t here with us.
Man’s Creator has become man, born of a virgin. We have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 208 (LH, Antiphon I of Evening Prayer for January 1st.)
Mary and Joseph are now in Bethlehem, the city of David, to be enrolled according to the decree of the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus. Mary, being about to deliver her baby, has been on the road and now they are looking for a place to rest. Finally, they found a one. Apparently it was a very simple place, a barn or the bottom floor normally used to raise animals in a typical two-story house. Joseph must have prepared everything the best he could, so Mary may rest and wait for her baby. The manger is also ready to lay the baby Jesus.
It’s time for Jesus to come. They must be excited to be part of God’s plan. Today is the day when very concretely, God will visit his people and be with them. We were far from God and this little baby allowed us to get closer. So close that we can see and touch Him. God had been talking to the people through the prophets, some very special servants, now but this baby allowed everyone to be a prophet, a priest and even a king, in Christ. This little baby that is about to come will give us, a rebel people, much more than to be restored to the original state of holiness and justice, now we can be so intimately united to God that we participate in His divine nature. (2 Peter 1: 4)
Luke 2: 1-5
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
The time is coming. Mary is resting.
Luke 2: 6-7
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Jesus is born, and now she is resting. Mary is with her long awaited baby.
She must have kept staring at him.
Go there with them. Look at Him.
God became a baby
Resolution ideas / Resources:
Mary will start nurturing the baby Jesus and dearly taking care of him. All the mom’s task will definitely show Him Love.
A good resolution would be to read the Gospels in the following month to better know Jesus and love him better.
Or if you haven’t done yet, it’s not too late to make an examination of consciousness, then a confession: