It seems so simple.
Christ was born in a humble stable to show us what kind of love we are called to share
We are not invited to only love those close to us or only the loveable. This is not Love that requires reciprocity, or a gift that is given with obligation.
This is the Love that calls some people to leave their homes – their extended families – the financial security of a medical practice in the US, to provide care for people who can never give back to them in equal measure.
This is the Love that makes sacrifice, takes risks, reaches out, and can see Christ in others.
Pope Francis has said “This Christmas may we be consistent in living the Gospel, welcoming Jesus into the centre of our lives.”
For me it can be challenging among the work, the baking, and even the modest shopping, to remember that welcoming Jesus, inviting the Love, just as Mary and Joseph did, is what I am called to do at Christmas and every day.
Perhaps it is really that simple after all. Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas, and opportunities to welcome this Love in the center of our lives.