Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:9

St. Irenaeus opens today’s reflection thus, “The Word of God, Jesus Christ, on account of His great love for mankind, became what we are in order to make us what He is Himself.” No wonder St. Joseph of Cupertino says, “Love God! He in whom His love reigns is rich although he does not perceive it”.

Our scriptural reference says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Beloved, tomorrow the world over commemorates the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ into the 

world. Though He was one in equality with God, He sacrificed Himself in order to offer Himself for the salvation of all men. Dear friend He was eternally rich, glorious and highly exalted; but asked, due to His love for mankind to take human flesh and come into the world through a virgin woman named Mary. By so doing He literally forsook the attractions of heaven, its riches and grandiose to this filthy world. What a sacrifice?! This is so because sacrificial given is an essential part of Christ’s nature and character. By His becoming poor, we now partake of His eternal riches. Beloved, it would have been impossible for our divine Lord to fellowship with us if He hadn’t  imparted to us His own abundant wealth and if He hadn’t  become poor to make us rich. If He had remained on His magnificent throne in heaven,  mankind would have remained under the heavy burden of sin. Man would not have received the gift of salvation and communion with God.  So in order for  this relationship or communion to be achieved, it was necessary that this rich kinsman would give out His estates to His poor relatives. By this exchange the righteous Saviour gave His sinning brethren His own perfection, so that man (poor) would receive of his fullness  “grace for grace.” (John 1:16) Through this process of giving and receiving, Jesus, the mighty one descended from the height and the poor sinning man ascended from his depth of sin and there was a hearty embrace between both in a wonderful fellowship. At this embrace, Jesus gave away all his riches to the poor and made him rich. Beloved, by the coming of Christ and the fellowship that took place, man received as riches the gifts of grace and salvation, the kingdom of heaven and even disgrace for the sake of Christ. These are the everlasting riches man has received in exchange for the rags of sin. No wonder St. Paul says, “… whom also after you believed you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” (Eph. 1:13b) You have received salvation, by which means you have inherited glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Give others this same opportunity by sharing the gospel message. As Christ did, descend from your exalted heights to depths where sin abound and shine forth the light of Christ, through the Good News.

2 Sam. 7: 1-5. 8b-12. 14a. 16p; Ps 89: 2-3. 4-5. 27 and 29 (R. 2a); Lk 1: 67-79 

Prayer Points:

1. Thank God for another eve of Christmas.

2. Thank God for reminding you of your  duty to others. Pray He grants you  the needed grace to be able to extend your hand to the world.

3. Take these declarations seriously:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord; my strength and my Redeemer. I know that my Redeemer lives and He shall stand at last on the earth. My lips greatly rejoice when I sing to You and my soul, which You have saved by Your appearance and through the gospel.

4. Pray for safe trip for all travelling for Christmas.
Exercise: Ensure that you share living fellowship with neighbours today.
Memory Verse: Rev. 3:17