The words of the well-known Christmas song “I’ll Be Home
for Christmas” are familiar to all of us.
The reality and mystery of Christmas is about leaving
home to find a home.
During this Christmas season we follow Mary and Joseph as
they leave their home to go to Bethlehem. There in the city known as the “House
of Bread,” their child Jesus is born.
There in a stable which housed livestock, the Living Word
babbled like every other baby. There the Word of God took our humanity and made
his home among us– inside the same flesh
and blood that make us who we are.
Because of him the shepherds leave their flocks to follow
the invitation of the angels, Wise Men do not return to their homeland
but follow the promise of a star, and Mary and Joseph take flight into Egypt so
that their baby can be saved from harm.
This Christmas let us not be afraid to leave what is
comfortable and to stretch out into unfamiliar terrain to find God still living
among us – still making a home among us in unfamiliar faces and the most
"Since Adventcomes at winter time, fire is a fitting sign to help us celebrate
Advent. If God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be
present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of
fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent