There are many 'Big Days' in our lives, from our first lost tooth (which is not really that important), to our first Holy Communion, to our twenty first birthday (quite insignificant also), to our fiftieth birthday (to which I cannot relate), to our day of death and well, you get the picture. Liturgically speaking however there are many special days marked by special graces for the faithful. Christmas is one of these although often it is easy to get swept up in the superficial aspects of it all; or else we may have grown indifferent or even apathetic towards the event of Christmas, because we have become sick of the commericalised and secuarlised 'Christmas', or because we feel 'the magic of Christmas' to have disappeared.
Our aim this Christmas should be to let this Celestial Babe grow and increase inside of us, as we decrease to allow Him to grow. We can imagine therefore, that by praying we feed Jesus inside of us, so that His Presence and Life is nourished within us. The Rosary is the most ideal devotional prayer we can undertake, for Mary Herself will feed the Divine Infant, and after all, a Mother knows best how to feed her child, and what food He most prefers. Interior participation in the Holy Mass is the most effective means of letting the Holy Infant grow inside us. Each Holy Communion we receive will truly work marvels in allowing the Lord to increase inside us; and our listening and reading of the Scriptures shall be a tasty morsel for our Little Lord, who so often is given the most foulest food by countless souls who commit the offense of spiritual child neglect and abuse -which is the failure to pray and the failure to possess the proper dispositions (i..e gratitude, love, trust, humility) in receiving the Sacraments. Lastly Adoration, which "prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration [of the Mass] itself." (Sacramentum Caritatis, 66, Benedict XVI), is an ideal means of letting the Infant Jesus grow inside of us. All we need to do is sit there in confidence and faith in the Power of our Lord, and He shall grow inside us, even if we notice nothing. Yet that peace of heart shall be the sign of His increase within us.
Post-Communion thanksgiving is a corner stone of a healthy and thriving relationship with God. After all, when we have finished eating a normal meal do we start running around and engaging ourselves in activities? No, we spend some time relaxing, perhaps by talking to those we are with, and giving ourselves some time to digest. Is this not a lesson we can apply to the spiritual life? Indeed, thus ought we not spend some time in spiritually digesting the Food of Paradise; sitting and speaking with the Lord at the Table of His Cross, and Manger? If we want the Lord to grow in us, and we would like to grow in holiness (the two are the same thing), then we should allow ourselves some time to spiritually digest. If we are going nowhere in the spiritual life as practicing Catholics, and feel interiorly stagnant and tepid, it is most certainly because either: 1) We are not eating the Bread of Life; or 2) we are not digesting the Bread of Life; but rather consuming it and letting it pass right through us as it were.