This is the day Christians celebrate the possibility of "new being". The infant Jesus, the Christ, is seen as the fulfillment of the possibilities for all of us. We see it repeated every time we look upon any new born child.
But "new being" is not just for new life but a possibility for us all. We can remake ourselves at any point in our life. We can seek to become the fulfillment of our greater Self. We only need to attend, obey and submit to the mystery with us. This is the essence of all religion. All other aspects are merely the vessel which contains this mystical moral reality within us which is our participation in the Divine.
At Christmas we are reminded that we are called to become new beings daily. I ask for each of us on this special day, we find a moment in all the festivities to acknowledge this imperative which is our humanity.
Here is a prayer which is approriate for this day. The anonymous Native North American who wrote it in the 18th Century, addresses it to "Grandfather" but it could well be addressed to , Christ, God, Buddha, Allah, All that is Holy, etc. The Mystical Moral center belongs not to one religion but to all Humanity. To be fully human is to know this in ourselves.
In the spirit of this prayer let us commit ourselves to struggling for peace and justice: healing within the human community.
Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk the Sacred Way.
Teach us love, compassion, and honour
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.