This baby in a family- brings great joy.
But, it is a reminder of the journey that
leads to Holy Week and the cross.
All of our earthly life is the
hand in hand swing between
joy and sorrow.
When one leads-
the other follows.
"The ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Life events- even those filled with JOY-
have a brooding shadow of death.
It is the rhythm of expectation
that outlines our days.
This holy family-centered in Christmas
celebration is also the visual reminder-
of the mystery that marks our earthly days-
of the victory of life over death.