Christmas

Christmas

The second greatest feast of the Church’s calendar (Easter being the greatest, when Jesus proved that He was truly the divine Son of God by His resurrection from the dead).  The shepherds were the first to hear the good news of man’s salvation from angels, followed by the adoration of the Magi, the three Wise Men coming from the East, led by a mysterious star which hovered over the manger in Bethlehem where the Christ-Child was born.  His birth signifies the beginning of God’s promised salvation for the whole of mankind, formerly excluded from Paradise for all time because of the original sin of disobedience by our first parents.  The punishment of sickness and death which heralded mankind’s future was so grave simply because Adam and Eve were already enjoying the beatific vison, seeing God face to face in the Garden of Eden, walking and talking with God there so that they already had perfect happiness until tempted with the illusion of something allegedly greater, which is the basis of all sin as we see something or someone which we think we want more than God.

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