In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David: to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of goodwill.” ~The Second Chapter of the Gospel according to St. Luke
The Holy Christ has been born. The Mother of God has carried and brought forth our Salvation. It is to the mortal and holy Joseph that we place our trust in the safeguarding and protection of these two sacred beings, and thus the story begins…
It is Christmas morning, our remembrance and celebration of the birth of the universal Logos.
What happened during this moment is that the new age arrived, with a destiny yet to come to fruition. Hope and a promise in the form of a human infant. With this new life came the renewal of God’s covenant with humanity. We are a unique creation in this universe and our relationship with the divine is an active story that is being written with each turn of the earth.
We see in the recounting of St. Luke a telling of the mystery related to the arrival of our savior. An angel revealed and announced the genesis of this holy moment, as is the customary method of the Eternal Father, or “Forefather” as he is referred to in the Gnostic Scripture, “The Sophia of Jesus Christ.’
As we have seen take place when the word of God is spoken in all of its divine majesty the heavenly bodies make their presence known in spectacular form and splendor. Through this action, the Logos was sanctified within itself and the first sign of the new way was made known with the words, “Peace to men of Good will.”
The Christmas season has a particular flavor. It has always naturally been a time when our better angels were encouraged to win out in matters of relationships, social interactions or acts of Charity. We hear of the “Spirit of Christmas” which is in truth the basic message of our savior being practiced and experienced. We allow ourselves to feel the mystical manifestations of this goodwill. We accept during this time the spirit of magic and the reality of those little signs that when understood can give us a glimpse into a better world. This better world, a world of love and compassion is the design of Christ, from his first moments coming into the world his angels were establishing his sacred mission. To bring mercy, friendship, kindness, joy, passion, acceptance, and relief to all of us.
In celebrating the Nativity of the Divine Light. Let us take a moment to reflect on the collect for the day;
O Father, true God, Who leadest us out of the darkness, we bless Thee, the adored of souls granting us blessed vision and instruction. Thou, our Father, art the root of all wisdom; through Thy will, the beloved Logos has spread out over us the mighty gift of the knowledge of holy things; he has taught us what used to be, what are, and what shall be; he has rescued us from darkness. We thank Thee Father, for all the great messengers of the Light Thou hast sent to us, in whom Thy holy Word had been made flesh. All the mysteries are fulfilled in Thee, our Father, and Thou fulfillest them in us.
In the time of the year surrounded by darkness, we are reminded of the light of wisdom. Our pursuit of Gnosis and the beauty of our path which began in a humble stable, in the presence of two individuals who sacrifice so much; a young woman who had carried the universe in her womb and a man who accepted without question his sacred charge.
May your holy day be filled with all of the best of what this world can provide for you. May you find peace in your heart, may you bring reconciliation to estranged relationships, renew old bonds, and laugh. May you show extraordinary compassion, may you build bridges and bring solace to the suffering. May you find rest and recovery, even temporarily from the struggles of this world and may you remember the child that arrived humbly on the announcement of the heavenly beings that the promise given is a true one, now and forever.
In service to the Logos,
Reverend Father Meinrad, Priory of the Rose Cross