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A REFLECTION ON HIS NATIVITY... By Fr. Den. Charles Joiner, December 2014.






The Lord of David and Son of David hid His glory in swaddlingclothes. His swaddling clothes gave a robe of glory to human beings.
[St. Ephraim the Syrian]


He came in a most humble way delivered in a stable and wrapped in simple clothing. Yet as St. Ephraim says, this simple beginning gave to all mankind robe of glory. What is this robe of glory?
When we think of this robe of glory that He gave us we must first think back to His nature and the way He was brought into the world. He came in humility and left this world in humility. His robe was not made of golden threads. His birth and subsequent life had noting to do with material well be¬ing. He lived with a pure heart, one that glorified God, one that shone for all to see.


We must begin our reflection on this day with total humility. We must admit our weaknesses, our ways that deviate from what He taught and demonstrated to us. We must acknowl¬edge our pride and our desire to hide our dirty inner clothing with fancy outer clothing. We must admit that we do not have this robe of glory that He brought for all humankind. We must make ourselves feel His humility.
With this reflection we must also remember the unending and limitless love He has for all His children. Acknowledg¬ing His love for us we can be joyful that we are held in His loving and merciful arms. We can be joyful that we are so important to God and in our knowledge that He will do anything to guide us towards His perfection. He holds for us a robe of glory.



Let us rejoice in this glory that awaits us. Let us recognize Jesus for Who He really is, God Incarnate. Let us lay aside all our doubts about God and His Church. Let us for a short moment try on that robe of glory. Let us experience His peace and love of all humankind. Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Glorify Him. Follow Him.

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017  BROTHERHOOD OF ST. POIMEN

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