Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christ is Born; Glorify Him!

We will greet each other this evening in celebration of one of the most joyous events in human history. The same God that created the universe, in His ultimate love for us, became a mortal human. This is quite extraordinary in its own right; however that is not where the joy of the evening ends. In fact that is just the beginning of the joy that Christmas brings to our hearts. In becoming a mortal human on Christmas, God has united our human nature to His divinity. In this unity, as a gift from God, we are blessed to “be partakers of the divine nature,” (2 Peter 1:4) living in communion with God. As Orthodox Christians we continue in the Tradition of the Holy Apostles who gathered weekly to share in this loving realty and to receive the Eucharist as a means of maintaining our unity with God. Jesus Christ promises to us, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” (John 6.56) This is the joy of Christmas – unity with God!
Merry Christmas!

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