Once and for all God has started out on his journey toward us, and nothing, till the world’s end, will stop him from coming to us and abiding in us
Hans Urs von Balthasar
+Rejoice then, for God himself has passed this way!
The Son took with him the awareness of doing the Father’s will.
He took with him the unceasing prayer that the Father’s will
would be done on the dark earth as in the brightness of heaven.
He took with him his rejoicing that the Father had hidden
these things from the wise and revealed them to babes,
to the simple and the poor.
“I am the way”, and this way is “the truth” for you;
along this way you will find “the life”.
Along “the way” that I am you will learn to
lose your life in order to find it;
you will learn to grow beyond yourselves
and your insincerity
into a truth that is greater than you are.
From a worldly point of view everything may
seem very dark;
your dedication may seem unproductive
and a failure.
But do not be afraid: you are on God’s path.
“Let not your hearts be troubled:
believe in God; believe also in me.”
I am walking on ahead of you
and blazing the trail of Christian love for you.
It leads to your most inaccessible brother,
the person most forsaken by God.
But it is the path of divine love itself.
You are on the right path.
All who deny themselves in order to
carry out love’s commission are on the right path.
“Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you Good News of a great joy…
This day is born the Savior”, that is, he who,
as Son of God and Son of the Father,
(in obedience to the Father)
the path that leads away from the Father
and into the darkness of the world.
Behind him omnipotence and freedom;
before, powerlessness, bonds and obedience.
Behind him the comprehensive divine vision;
before him the prospect of
the meaninglessness of death on the Cross between two criminals,
Behind him the bliss of life with the Father;
before him, grievous solidarity with all who do not know the Father,
do not want to know him
and deny his existence.
Miracles happen along this path.
Apparently insignificant miracles, noticed by hardly anyone.
The very finding of a Child wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger—is this not a miracle in itself?
Then there is the miracle when
a particular mission, hidden in a person’s heart,
really reaches its goal,
bringing God’s peace and joy
where there were nothing but despair and resignation;
when someone succeeds in striking a tiny light
in the midst of an overpowering darkness.
When joy irradiates a heart
that no longer dared to believe in it.
Now and again we ourselves are assured
that the angel’s word we are trying to obey
will bring us to the place
where God’s Word and Son is already made man.
We are assured that, in spite of all the noise and nonsense,
today, December 25, is Christmas just as truly as two millennia ago.
Once and for all God has started out on his journey toward us,
and nothing, till the world’s end, will stop him
from coming to us and abiding in us.