For most of us, the journey to Bethlehem, the lack of accommodations, the seeming inhumanity of the residents there cause sadness. Yet, it was the total creation that welcomed Christ that first Christmas morning.
It was fitting that a cave—unformed by human hands received Him. The sheep—creatures of earth—and the shepherds—men close to the earth—gave Him welcome. The stars and planets led the way for those who studied and obeyed them. The angels sang. Total creation gave Him the greatest welcome possible.
Christ came to earth to draw all things to Himself. And creation received him in style. Today we are becoming more and more aware that we are all part of one whole; that earth, sea, sky, animals. Plants are all part of our wholeness; that we are all inter–related. All of creation is to be saved. All of creation is to be freed. We all form one whole in Christ. Possibly the message for us this Christmas may well be to take on our responsibility for all of the earth and use it well so that future generations as well as our own may not only receive the gift of the universe but may grow in wholeness as we care for one another.
Sr. Annamarie, the Foundress of the Sisters of the Living Word, wrote this in 1993.