The Baby Jesus

On the first Christmas Day God not only became a human being, God became an infant human being. And as a baby, Jesus needed to be fed, needed to clothed, needed to be sheltered and protected. God as a baby was not only weak but totally dependent upon human help. As an adult, Christ said that whenever you feed the least of God’s children you are feeding him. Because God is present within each of us, God still needs to be fed, which is why it is so important to learn to see Christ in the poor, because when you feed the poor you are truly feeding Christ. God is still helpless, patiently waiting for us.

Christian compassion is rooted in the discovery of Christ in the suffering people of the world. Moreover, solidarity with the poor and the oppressed is the very essence of Christian mysticism. Still, when I see the vastness of the problem of global poverty I feel absolutely helpless. But that feeling gives insight into the Good News, for “God’s power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20) The power of God is the power of love, which invites, but never coerces. This love, whether we are conscious of it or not, is the longing of all our desire and restlessness. But that is such a hard truth to learn. I still harbor ungodly desires, and my heart is still often restless.

At Christmas, we need to ponder the infant Jesus lying powerless in the manger and wonder at the divine humanity we are all graced with. If we see ourselves as full of God’s beauty as the infant Jesus was we could no longer continue to hurt each other and all acts of violence would cease to exist. God’s outrageous love, manifested in the planned vulnerability of Jesus, would lead Christ to the cross that awaited him on Calvary, and Christmas should lead us to embrace the vulnerability of love that is forever beckoning us.

Note: I will now return to posting something every three days.

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2 Responses to “The Baby Jesus”


  1. 1 sheradac December 25, 2014 at 7:13 am

    So True Gerry. If we really got who Jesus Christ is and who we are there would be no war, no hunger, no abortion and no capital punishment. All killing would be absurd. It is absurd. The Catholic Church has stood for this since the beginning of the Church in time.  Sherada

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  2. 2 squeaky kneeler December 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Beautiful thoughts, Gerry!!! God has Willed it so for today and always, that HE DEPENDS ON US FOR LOVING CARE, just as He did as a BABY. It will always be a human’s one gauge of success in life, how well we cared for Him in others, in anyone in need. STRANGE as it may sound, TODAY i am thinking particularly of the poorest of the poor, people who are BURIED under mountains of things with empty hearts and hollow souls, lonely and longing for God, Who alone can satisfy. How can we reach them? How can we help them to see how POOR they are?? There is SO MUCH POVERTY around this world, ESPECIALLY in the “richest” places. Merry Christmas to all. “God Bless Us Everyone.”


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