The Christmas season lasts right up to next Sunday, 12th January, with the Baptism of the Lord. During the Christmas season we focus on the birth and early life of Jesus up to his baptism. For the Church, it is a time of great joy and looking forward to the life of the messiah.
The psalm in today’s readings is Psalm 71 and the response to the psalm is: “All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.”
Here we are given some idea of what is coming; this is the Lord before whom all nations shall bow. Every year the Church goes through the whole life of Christ from birth to death and resurrection. The ‘Liturgical Year’ brings us the story again and again. We never tire of hearing this story because each year we have grown a little and each year the story means something more to us.
What hit me today was that ‘all nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.’ I have heard and read this many times and yet today I thought of Jesus in a new light, in some way that line has become more relevant to me. I don’t know why but that is just the way it is. Perhaps this year Jesus wants me to think more about who he is and how he is the Lord of all.
The Christian life is always about growth, growing more deeply into the realization of who Jesus Christ really is and why he came. We never reach the stage where we have no more to learn, either in this life or the next!