Maronite Monks Of Jesus Mary and Joseph
Christmas 2017 Newsletter
Dear friends of MMJMJ,
Our reflections in preparation for the feast of Christmas are many and rich in the Monastery of the Sacred Heart. Allow us to share the following brief reflection with you:
The mystery of Christmas teaches us that we are not just close to Jesus, yet outside Him; we are not just like Jesus, yet different from Him due to our sinfulness. No, we are not just close to Him or like Him. Rather, we are truly in Him, and He is in each of us! Says St. Paul, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) Christ within us – THIS is the gift of Christmas! To be, in Jesus, true children of our Father! This is the first and greatest gift we receive “under the tree” at Christmas!
Can we spend too much time marveling at the greatness of this gift?
Dear family and friends of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may the joy and peace of the newborn Son of God radiate from within the very heart of our homes, and from within the very depths of our souls!
Sweet child Jesus, remember each of our friends for whom we pray. This day and night, this Christmas day and night, be with us; every day be with us, so that every day we may be filled with the joy of Christmas, with the joy of your coming, with the joy of your being our Savior, Emmanuel, God with us.