We are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. What does this actually mean to us? Is this something that happened 2000 years ago when Mary gave birth to the Son of God or how relevant is it to our lives today? Is it just something we remember at Christmas time?
Meister Eckhart, the Dominican monk of 14th century Germany challenges us to see humanity as the true birthplace of Jesus.
We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself? And what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I also do not give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time. When the Son of God is begotten in us.
God has chosen humanity to give birth and to give life to God in this world. The challenge is how will we give birth to the Son of God today in our local communities, in our schools and workplaces, in our families and relationships and in meeting the needs of the poor, the broken and those with no hope in our society?
Will we join with Mary when she replied – “Let it be with me according to your word.”