2 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 24th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Abraham Lincoln was once talking with a woman about how the North must treat the South. She disagreed with him, and said that she felt that we must destroy our enemies. Lincoln replied, “What, madam? Do I not destroy them when I make them my friends?”
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.
(NAB Lk 2:6-7)
God’s entrance into the world as both fully human, and fully divine. He came into this world in a lowly town, and in a cave for animals. Jesus was born in a cave, and he was buried in a cave. He was laid in a manger, an animal feeding trough hewed out of a rock ledge in the cave, and his dead body was laid in a hewed out ledge in a burial cave. Jesus came into this world in Bethlehem, and was buried in Jerusalem for the identical reasons: to redeem and save us!
This verse calls Jesus the firstborn son. This does not mean that Mary had other sons or children. Mary is forever a virgin. It is only a legal description indicating that Jesus possessed the rights and privileges of the firstborn son.
This verse also indicates that Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes. King David also wrapped his son Solomon in swaddling clothes like any other infant (Wisdom 7:4-6). Swaddling clothes are a wrap, like a baby blanket, that snuggly holds the baby arms and legs. This gives the baby a similar feeling of being in the womb, and comforts them. Jesus is bound in snug wrappings upon birth, and again wrapped snuggly upon death on the cross, prior to being placed in the tomb.
Pax et Bonum,
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #22:
The local fraternity is to be established canonically. It becomes the basic unit of the whole Order and a visible sign of the Church, the community of love. This should be the privileged place for developing a sense of Church and the Franciscan vocation and for enlivening the apostolic life of its members.