Archbishop of Hyderabad Corona virus stubbornly reigns over human beings all over the world! Will it allow us to celebrate Christmas and allow us to wish one another ‘happy Christmas’ this year? Probably not in the customary manner…like renovating and decorating our homes with coloured hangings and lights, prepare different kinds of sweets and distribute them to our near and dear ones for our mutual enjoyment in an intermingling social atmosphere and send Christmas cards to our near and dear ones in order to renew and cherish mutual remembrances! By and large, Christmas activities too will be constrained to take place like ‘on line Masses’ in the virtual world …and that too only for well to do people!

But all those who are still alive to God in His new creation may, for once, be profoundly drawn by the Holy Spirit into the truth and joy of that Christmas night when the Immaculate and ever Virgin Mother ‘ brought forth Her first born and laid Him in a manger wrapped in swaddling cloths (Lk.2:7);’ and while the Angel of the Lord directed the shepherds to go to the manger and see the great sight, a great army of heaven’s angels joined him singing “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people of good will (Lk.2:13-14).” Oh wow! What happened on earth and what did the shepherds see in the manger? Oh that you had ears that hear and eyes that see!...It has indeed taken place…that which generations said will never take place…and that which the blind and the deaf of today say ‘it never took place’…that indeed has taken place: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and Her seed. And you will hurt His heel but She will crush your head (Gen.3:15).” That is what the Lord God had created and was presenting to all people of good will in that manger, and that is what the Angel had proclaimed to the shepherds, and that is what the shepherds saw…the most unthinkable work of God …the great sight! That Immaculate conception and Virgin Mother and Her babe lying in the manger, God’s only begotten Son made incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of Her perpetual virginity…is that woman and Her offspring in whom the Lord God had definitively established that eschatological enmity He had declared to the Devil at the very moment that awfully horrible creature had brought His pristine work in creating Adam and Eve in His own image to a catastrophic ruin (to which we too as human persons belonged by birth). And we, who through our baptismal incorporation into Christ Jesus, have been made part and parcel of that new and eschatological beginning still continue to remain part of it through our post-baptismal obedience of faith to God, then we too should be able discover the truth and joy of this event in the ongoing dynamics of the eschatological enmity taking place in the very heart of our personal lives in the Holy Spirit in our inner nature :”The Spirit lusts against the flesh and the flesh against the Spirit and these two are opposed to each other (Gal.5:17).” If you fulfil the lusts of the flesh(the corrupted outer nature) you will die; but if through the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the flesh, you will live. All those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God (Rom8:12-14). The reign of Corona virus allows us to celebrate only this kind of happy Christmas in the real world of the Lord God’s new creation brought by the dynamism of that perpetual enmity which He has established in that woman and that babe of Hers in that manger, taking place in all of us who belong to Him through our definitive baptismal participation in that enmity forever. Blessed are all those who can celebrate this Christmas in Christ and in the Holy Spirit in this way.

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