We have always heard that Christmas is the feast to be with family; to reconcile ourselves with those from whom we have been distanced; to be sensitive to others. Those who are more spiritual say that it is the feast of God becoming man; however, this time I would like to name it: “The Feast of Humility.”
The fact is that there is no greater example of humility than that of a God who is in the Father´s bosom, and still accepts to be placed between the arms of a creature; that He who is among the choir of angels, accepts to be born among beasts; that He who is seated at the right hand of the Majesty, accepts to lay in a manger; that He who remains glorious in heaven, cries and shivers with cold.
The Lord knew well that the two greatest evils of humanity are: pride and greed. It is for this reason that when He came into this world, His first two lessons were: poverty of spirit (being detached of wealth) and humility of heart.
Nevertheless, behind this poverty and humility there is also hidden glory: being conceived, but by the power of the Holy Spirit; being born of a woman, but of a Virgin; laying in a manger, but remaining resplendent in heaven; having to be circumcised, but being named The Savior.
During this Christmas, may we take some time to ponder these two great virtues: Poverty of Spirit and Humility of heart: the only two paths to reach the Glory of heaven.
Merry Christmas to all!
Mother María Elena Martínez is a nun, born in Mexico City, where she still resides today. She has had a consecrated life for more than 30 years. She is currently a member of a community called María Madre del Amor which is dedicated to evangelization through Emmaus retreats in parishes and prisons and Sicar retreats for young people.