Meditation: Peter Abelard (France/1079-1142)
"The purpose and cause of the Incarnatiion ws that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom, and excite it to the love of Himself."
Nativity Prayer: Augustine of Hippo (Algeria/354-430)
Let the just rejoice,
For their justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For the Saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let the slaves rejoice,
For their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let all Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.
Reflection: Thomas Aquinas
"Salvation, which was to be accomplished by Christ, concerns all sorts and conditions of men; because, as it is written, in Christ 'there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female'...and so forth (Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11). And, in order that this might be foreshadowed in Christ's birth, He was made known to men of all conditions. Because, as Augustine says in a sermon on the Epiphany...'the shepherds were Israelites, the Magi were Gentiles. The former were nigh to Him, the latter far from Him. Both hastened to him, together as to the cornerstone.' There was also another point of contrast: for the Magi were wise and powerful; the shepherds simple and lowly. He was made known both to men, and to women—namely, to Anna— so as to show no condition of men to be excluded from Christ's redemption."
The Return of the King: J.R.R.Tolkein (England/1892-1973)
"The night sky was still, dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloudrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him, that in the end, the Shadow was only a small and passing thing; there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."
Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.
For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.
Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth.
but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.
All nations will come to your light;
mighty kings will come to see your radiance.
I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations; and he is the glory of your people Israel.