The Old Testament book of Exodus warns us that no one can see God and live.
But during these days of celebration of the Nativity, we are mindful that in his mercy, God has, in fact, showed us his face.
It is the innocent and inviting face of an infant. In Jesus, we see the face of God and we do not die, but find eternal life.
Francis of Assisi pointed out that, “Every day he humbles himself just as he did when he came from his heavenly throne into the virgin's womb; every day he comes to us and lets us see him in lowliness, when he descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.”
In his book, Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI tells us what the birth of Christ means. “He has brought God, and now we know his face. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from.”
Our prayer today: In your mercy, Eternal Father, you sent your son as the dawn from on high to shine on those who dwell in darkness. May his light shine on us and guide our way.
(The image above is Guido Reni's “Saint Joseph and the Christ Child”)