"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
26th Day: THE NEW-BORN CHILD
the cradle before us lies the new-born Infant
wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in the
manger. Let us contemplate Him for a few moments
and see what lessons He teaches us.
He teaches us the unspeakable force of Divine
Charity. How was it possible for the Eternal
Word, the coequal Son of God, to leave the bosom
of His Father to clothe Himself with the flesh
of sinful man. It seems an almost extravagant
act of love, one unworthy of the dignity of God.
Yet love puts everything aside, except the burning
desire to promote the welfare of the loved. The
Son of God forgot all else in His Divine compassion
for us. How dearly He must love us! How
great should be our confidence in His love!
He teaches us never to judge by appearances.
If we had been told that God had come to dwell
on earth, would not the stable of Bethlehem have
been the last place where we should have sought
Him? In many a humble cottage there may still
be found saints even more dear to God than those
who have a world-wide repute for their holiness
He teaches us the true dignity of self-abasement.
God could not do anything unworthy of
Himself, when clad in human flesh. It therefore
was no disparagement to the Divine honor that
He should thus infinitely condescend. Nay, it
proved that the greatest possible likeness to God
is attained by the most complete humiliation ot
self. How little I have learned to practice this