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The Third Joyful Mystery

December 29, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments
From reflections in praying the Rosary one can see the love that God has for all of us.  Case in point was the fact that He allowed His Son to be born into our world like one of us. 
 
A priest once said that we should not romanticize Christmas.  Jesus was born in the worst of circumstances: In a dirty and smelly manger.  The circumstances of the first Christmas were literally a very sad and sorry one, from a very human perspective. 
 
Yes, in human terms it is true that he was born in such terrible conditions.  Who would want to be born in a stinky animal house anyway?  However does this mean that we should re-classify the Joyful Mystery of His birth as one of a Sorrowful Mystery? 
 
I don’t think so. 
 
Why then do we still rejoice? 
 
Well, I think He could have chosen better circumstances for His birth.  He is God after all.  He could have chosen to be born in luxurious surroundings fit for a king.  Or at the very least, He could have chosen more conventional logistics at the time.  He however consciously decided to make it happen this way if only to show us how low He was willing to go out of love for His wretched creatures.  I also think He chose to be born in the lowest of places, perhaps, if also to emphasize the value of humility and that He came to serve and not to be served.
 
In fact I think that if it were not for the circumstances, this could even be classified as a Glorious Mystery.  Think about it: The promise of a Savior has finally been fulfilled! 
 
It is for this expression of His love that we have reason to rejoice at His birth. 
 
Years later in His ministry, He preached that His Father in heaven loves us all, and He showed this by healing the sick, resurrecting the dead, but more important of all – forgiving sins! 
 
Every sin, no matter how venial it may be, is a failure to love and is at the end of the day still an offense against God who is Love and Mercy itself.  To offend Someone like Him is still a terrible crime indeed, for even in human terms it would not be conscionable to offend the Creator of the universe.  This is why Jesus died for us – to make the payment of our sin on our behalf, for only God can give satisfaction to God.
 
He gave His life for us with His bitter Passion on the Cross as payment for all our sins.  Because of His work on that day He earned for us the right to the Kingdom with the forgiveness of our sins.  When that happened on that day, His work was finally completed.  We call that day Good.  We call it Good Friday because on that day He expressed His ultimate love for us all.
 
Love that is true is love that hurts. 
 
If you don’t believe that, then you haven’t looked at the Cross long enough.
 
Merry Christmas to one and all!  May God bless us all in the new year ahead. 
 
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