At Christmas time I often wonder if You and your family celebrated each of Your birthdays as You grew up. When we celebrate birthdays we think about presents, parties and family gatherings, etc. As we get older the family gatherings are still nice but the rising number of candles bodes something more ominous. I wonder how much of Your destiny You knew as Your birthdays went by and Your “hour’ came closer.
We’re kind of locked in to a receiving mode on our birthdays – a mode of getting and of being the center of attention. If You were fully aware of the panorama of Your life then each year of Your life meant one step closer to giving all and had nothing to do with “getting.”
I remember one Christmas eve at Mass I looked up at the cross and thought, ‘Happy birthday?’ To my eyes, especially at Christmas time, there seems to be an infinite gap between the manger and the cross – but there isn’t! On Your birthday the party and the presents are for us - every year, every celebration of Your birth till the end of time – all for us!
So, in terms of new birth, Your birthday is really our spiritual birthday. From Your birthday we date our redemption. In this sense Christmas is the birthday of each one of us.