Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Hodie Christus natus est
Christ is born today
The miracle of Christmas lies in this Latin word, “hodie”.
The Divine Immediacy of it!
The Eternal Regeneration of it!
The Omnipotent Presence of it!
Hodie – Today! Now!
Christ is born in this moment, in this effort, this thought, this choice, this breath of my life.
As this Christmas morning dawns, indeed we commemorate an historical event that has redirected history toward Grace. But hidden in that sacred observance is the deep mystery of what we truly celebrate.
The birth of Christ, Eternal Love, is not contained by time. Every breaking moment bears Christ to the world. As history rolls on beneath this mystery, every generation – every human being – becomes the agent of His birth.
Christ was born in Bethlehem, and we rejoice.
But Christ is born in me – today, and today, and today. And we are awe-struck by Eternal Love.
I open my heart in humility, readiness and worship for Emmanuel’s Presence in my life.
This is the “Christus Moment”, where those passing vagaries of time which conspire to break our hearts, to break our lives, to break our world, are rendered soulless.
This is the moment when death is eviscerated, sin erased, division healed, brokenness soothed, and hope blazingly restored. This is the “Hodie Moment” of Christ’s eternal birth in my heart, in our Church, in our world.
As we listen to the glorious chant of Christmas morning, “Christus Natus Est”, may we let our lives proclaim its transforming melody by:
- every peaceful word we speak
- every forgiving glance
- every courageous stretch to hope
- every grateful generosity
May Christ be born in us today
- by our active love for Him in suffering humanity
- by the vigor of our merciful justice
- by our steady dismantling of selfishness to allow Him the fullness of glory
May Mary, who carried Jesus to life, teach us and guide us to be Bearers of Christ today – “hodie” – and every day.
Music: Hodie Christus Natus Est
Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to all of you and your loved ones!
Today is Christ born; today the Savior has appeared;
today the Angels sing, the Archangels rejoice;
today the righteous rejoice, saying: Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia!
Hodie Christus natus est hodie Salvator apparuit:
hodie in terra canunt Angeli, laetantur Archangeli:
hodie exsultant justi, dicentes: Gloria in excelsis Deo, Alleluia.