On this Christmas Day, though Jesus cannot yet form words he speaks to our human hearts. His Father said through the prophet: “I will give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them…” (Ezek 12). In order to become sons and daughters of God it is first necessary for us to have hearts of flesh. God continued: “I will remove the stony heart from their bodies and replace it with a natural heart.”
When we are locked in ourselves, our hearts become like stone. There is no room for compassion. God has chosen to unlock our lives by giving himself to us in a way that is so obviously humble and human that his loving concern cannot be ignored.
Only one gift is worthy of the infant in the crib, the gift of ourselves. He welcomes our giving ourselves to him because by doing so we open ourselves to his gift which is far greater.
Give me a heart of flesh, Lord. Bring me fully to life as a human being so that I can be open not only to the gift of your love in this Christmas season but to all my brothers and sisters, willing to give myself to them and for them.