The image of the Christmas crèche is one that depicts the beautiful, simplistic love of the Holy Family. The Christ child’s birth profoundly proclaims the birth of the Incarnation of the Son of Man. We rejoice in His birth and the humility demonstrated by the Holy Family. It is an image that depicts the messages of the Gospel so clearly, inviting us to dwell in our own humbling spiritual journeys.
Over 800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi brought the first nativity scene into light. He used it to demonstrate to children the true meaning of Christmas, reminding them that Christmas is more than simply getting and giving gifts; it is about recognizing and rejoicing in the greatest gift, new life. His message was simple: Christmas is a time to be treasured, not materialized.
There is no doubt that this year has been one filled with challenges and unexpected changes to our plans. However, we can turn to Mary and see the challenges she faced on the night of Christ’s birth. We know that she and Joseph had planned to stay in the Inn, but instead welcomed the Christ child into the world in a lonely stable.
We have so much to learn from Mary this season, especially as our Holiday plans may look different. Whether it may be a financial burden or the heartache of not being with family, keeping our focus on the nativity scene reminds us that when our surroundings disappoint us or feel unworthy,Christ still comes. He still offers the gift of Himself.
If you have a nativity scene in your home, we encourage you to spend time reflecting on it this week as we prepare for Christmas. Bless your nativity with the House of Royals Aqua Sacra Holy Water Font, and remind those who observe the scene of the blessed beauty that grace is found in the most humble of homes.
With all the distractions that this year has presented, it is easy to lose sight of the many blessings that have been poured out on us. This Christmas season, let us focus more fully on the beautiful and humbling Holy Family. Let us hold our loved ones close and remember that despite the chaos, Christ is still coming.
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