To Labor in Humility on the Sixth Day of Christmas

December 30, 2013

By receiving our humble Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament we enter into the mystery of the Holy Family of Bethlehem. Like the Magi we come to adore and worship, two acts which perfect the image of the Christ-child within us. God’s own divine humility touches our heart and is returned to him through our loving yes.

Through the Eucharistic Jesus we are bound also to the families who live on dirt floors, those in the inner cities of great concrete metropolises, and all places where the language of humility is spoken by the poor.

By receiving the baby we receive the man, The Christ, who asks us to be his hands.

On this 6th Day of Christmas, where the six geese a laying stand for the six days of creation (and the six commandments of the Church) let us become ever humble servants willing to labor for the Christ-child among the poor and needy.

As Pope Benedict XVI put it, “Alongside the real presence of Jesus in the Church, in the Blessed Sacrament, there is also that other, that second ‘real presence’ of Jesus in the least, in the downtrodden of this world, in the last, in whom He wishes to be found by us.

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