I went to the doctor for an early sonogram a few weeks ago and the minute the tiny life in my womb appeared on the screen, with it’s heart furiously beating, I started to weep. The awesome miracle before me just overwhelmed me to tears. Life so powerful and so fragile confronted me and my angel Gabriel, in the form of modern technology, proclaimed “Behold, you shall bear a child!” The sonogram tech saw my reaction and said, “Awwwwww, is this your first?” I replied, “No, it’s the 9th little person I’ve been gifted with.” (Her jaw hit the floor at that!) I think she was a little perplexed by my reaction though. It should be no big deal after seeing it so many times right? For her it’s become commonplace, old hat, “seen one little jelly bean on the screen, seen them all”, so she didn’t really ‘get’ me.
Perhaps my reaction could be attributed to pregnancy hormones. Or perhaps the timing of Advent and preparing for the Christ child to come had something to do with it. Or maybe it’s simply that Life is a brand new miraculous gift each time it is given and by the grace of God I haven’t been blinded to this beautiful truth like so much of society that would just as soon deny the truth before their very eyes; that Life is Life.
And now the Christ baby is here with us once again. Truth and light and Love and LIFE have arrived anew. The mother of all Truth and all light and all Love and all Life has once again brought this precious child into our midst in the most adorable and desirable way. She gives us a tiny baby in all His innocent splendor; a tiny baby to love and cherish and hold and squeeze and smell. I don’t think there is any smell in the world like the smell of a newborn baby.
Just thinking of the Holy Family isolated in their little corner of the world, rejoicing, adoring, bonding together over this precious baby from Heaven evokes feelings of love and
tenderness for those first days with our own babies. Days that are nothing short of Holy and gazing upon that tiny new face always feels like we are gazing on the face of God Himself. All the hopes and dreams and aspirations and the sheer curiosity of what this newest little member of the Kingdom will become are held deep in our hearts as we enjoy every tender moment of newness and innocence.
Love does not get more pure or more true.
The infant savior, Emanuel, has come to us in the purest and truest form of Love. A newborn babe without adornment or pomp. Life simply and powerfully present. Life that draws the world to see it and want to participate in some way with it. If the story ended right there it would be a pretty amazing story. God has come among us in the humblest way, naked and squalling and helpless with no expectation or pretense. He came as all babies come, to love and be loved.
Too soon the world will come knocking. Wise men will seek and will find Him. The poor and the lowly shepherds will be given a first glimpse. Enemies will be out for blood. And the savior will be suckling at His mother’s breast, safely ensconced in her heart and in her arms, blissfully unaware of all that is going on around Him, simply doing what He came to do. Loving and being loved.
This is all that God asks of any of us. To become like little children. To Love purely without pretense or agenda. To be lovable as a newborn. To look at one another as God sees us, worthy and precious and a miraculous gift.
As we embrace this perfect baby and continue on our Journey with the Holy Family, may we never lose sight of the simplest and purest Truth. Love was born and Love remains.
Wishing you a Happy and Blessed 2013