A very Merry Christmas to everyone! In reflecting on what I would share with you on this most wonderful day, I remembered that St. Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary to the Huron Indians,
wrote a Christmas carol in their language in the 1600’s as both a gift to them and a help in his missionary and teaching efforts. Known as “The Huron Carol” or as “Twas in the Moon of Winter
Time”, the lyric makes for a fitting Christmas meditation for us. HAVE COURAGE, YOU WHO ARE HUMANS, JESUS, HE IS BORN. BEHOLD, THE SPIRIT WHO HAD US AS PRISONERS HAS FLED.
DO NOT LISTEN TO IT, AS IT CORRUPTS OUR MINDS. THEY ARE SPIRITS, COMING WITH A MESSAGE FOR US, THE SKY PEOPLE. THEY ARE COMING TO SAY, ‘REJOICE, BE ON TOP OF LIFE. MARIE, SHE HAS JUST GIVEN BIRTH. REJOICE.’ THREE HAVE LEFT FOR SUCH A PLACE, THOSE WHO ARE ELDERS.
A STAR THAT HAS JUST APPEARED OVER THE HORIZON LEADS THEM THERE. HE WILL SEIZE THE PATH, HE WHO LEADS THEM THERE. AS THEY ARRIVED THERE, WHERE HE WAS BORN, JESUS, THE STAR WAS AT THE POINT OF STOPPING, HE WAS NOT FAR PAST IT. HAVING FOUND SOMEONE FOR THEM, HE SAYS, ‘COME HERE.’ BEHOLD THEY HAVE ARRIVED THERE AND HAVE SEEN JESUS. THEY PRAISED MANY TIMES, SAYING, ’HOORAY, HE IS GOOD IN NATURE.’ THEY GREETED HIM WITH REVERENCE AND GREASED HIS SCALP MANY TIMES SAYING ‘HOORAY! WE WILL GIVE TO HIM PRAISE FOR HIS NAME. LET US SHOW REVERENCE FOR HIM AS HE COMES TO BE COMPASSIONATE TO US.’
IT IS PROVIDENTIAL THAT YOU LOVE US AND WISH, ‘I SHOULD ADOPT THEM’.
Adopted by the Father in Christ. That is you and me. Hooray!