A Rosary Meditation for Christmas

The Third Joyful Mystery :

Jesus is Born in Bethlehem

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Picture the scene. A newborn Babe lies in the straw in the animals’ manger; His mother and ‘father’ very near Him, filled with bewilderment, wonder, and, above all, love. The animals are lying around, probably sensing that something extraordinary is happening in the middle of this night.

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Poor, uneducated shepherds are the first visitors, directed to the stable by an angel. Later, the rich, Wise Men follow a star and arrive to pay homage and to leave gifts. People nearby visit also. They must be moved by the wonder of the occasion and touched by the love.

At first glance, it might seem a poor, dismal and depressing sight. Obviously, the Family are homeless, maybe penniless. The Baby has no suitable clothes or bed. The stable would be cold and damp; not such a fit place for any baby or mother.

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This scene can remind us of the many thousands of families, in Afghanistan and other Third World countries, living in caves and cardboard boxes, very often extremely malnourished and in poor health, trying to cope with famine and drought. There are also huge numbers of refugees and asylum seekers without homes or countries. In our own country there are many who are homeless – outcasts who have few friends and very little money. Some may have lost their faith in God and people.

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Yet, in spite of the dinginess, here, in Bethlehem, there is an aura of peace, calm, contentment and warmth. Surrounding and pervading everything is a great, joyous atmosphere of love – a love that is infinite, selfless and unconditional.

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Perhaps we can say a little prayer to Jesus and Mary, asking them to help all those who are suffering? Perhaps we can give a little practical help if possible? Maybe we can ask our Loving Lord to bless us, our families and friends and all our brothers and sisters throughout the world? We can beg Jesus to send us His help and healing, so that we may become aware of the power and strength of this great love our Good God has for us and for all His people. Then we can learn to live together in tolerance, harmony and peace – safe in God’s all-embracing love.

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Because of this love we were created.

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Because of this love we are provided for.

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In this love God the Father sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to help us.

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In this love God the Son, Jesus, came down from the glory and splendour of heaven to be born in a poor stable, giving Himself totally to us and for us.
In this love Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and give us the gifts we need to help us on our journey to the Kingdom of God.

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Because of this love Mary consented to be the Mother of Jesus and to co-operate fully in His work of Redemption, in joy, sorrow and glory.

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Because of this love Joseph, quietly and willingly, accepted the roles of foster-father and husband, tirelessly caring for Jesus and Mary.

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This picture of love was completed on Calvary when Jesus died on the Cross and then rose again on Easter Sunday.

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In this love and because of this love we are saved and can be full members of God’s kingdom in truth, freedom and peace.

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Through this love and by our response to it, the sufferings of the world can be transformed and we can live together in harmony.

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Alleluia!