Reading: Luke 2: 1-20
Just as Joseph and Mary made the trek to Bethlehem to be registered for the census, many people will come tonight to worship on this most holy night. Just as the light of the star signaled the birth of Christ, so too this evening the light of the Christ candle will recall this holy arrival. As millions and millions hoist candles and sing “Silent Night” we remember the numberless heavenly host who gathered around the shepherds and proclaimed, ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests”.
This most holy night is special. To many, we gather to remember the birth of the divine baby. Born of a virgin mother, come to dwell amongst humanity, come to die for our sins. In Jesus we find not only the Savior of the world, but also our Savior. This night invites us to come, to soak up the holy mystery, to be still and really hear the words of His birth, and to be filled with wonder, awe, and presence of our God most high.
Others come tonight searching, perhaps longing, for all that Christ offers: peace, hope, joy, and love. This night invites those who are lost or hurting or without faith to come in and to be filled. Christmas Eve is about God giving the gift of Jesus to all people regardless of who they are, what they have done, or where they are from. In the birth we find our connection to God because in the birth God took on flesh and walked among us. In the flesh, tonight we are all invited to come and to take on the divine, to experience life lived as a child of God. Tonight all are invited to become part of God’s family.
On this most holy night, may you and your family be truly blessed by the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.