This advent seemed to be a struggle for me spiritually. Trying to prepare my heart for the coming of Jesus, I felt distracted, and frustrated. I tried different methods of obtaining the peace I longed for, to no avail.
On Christmas Eve, I was blessed to join the choir for Midnight Mass, which is celebrated around the world, and also morning mass on Christmas Day.
During the morning Mass, while singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” several lines of the song jumped out at me. “How silently, how silently this wondrous Gift is given.” “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.”
On Christmas Day, while least expecting it, the Christ Child entered into my poor heart. My soul was flooded with peace and joy, as tears streamed down my face. We cannot force a gift to come, but only be open to receive and acknowledge our own poverty. May the Christ Child come silently to your heart this Christmas.