GOD BECAME MAN…BUT WHEN THE MAN ENDS UP HUMAN?
The Christmas season reminds us of the love and memories of the divine incarnation. Numerous incidents in the recent past has proved that humanity has perished within us, but the question arises as to when we become human? Luke 12:12 states “this will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger”. The Son of God was born among the cattle. As he didn’t get the space among human beings, he got space among the animals. At the point when humans behaved as animals by denying a room for Mary and Joseph, wherever they went, the animals in the cattle shed acted as humans. This is a big contradiction. The contradiction of our inner self with the smile and respect we show externally. Somewhere within us is hidden this barbaric mentality. A mother was taken to the terrace by her loving son and was made to fall from there is due to this barbarism inside. It is the same reason why a 65 year old man abuses a 6 year old girl or people do anything for money.
The Holy Scriptures begin with such a spiritual perspective. The difference in the sacrifices offered by the Cain and Abel of the Genesis amply proves this (chapter 4). Abel offered an animal. However, Cain offered certain agricultural products. Later, the Holy Bible gives us the cruel picture of Cain, who didn’t offer an animal as the sacrifice subsequently kills a man. The fact is Abel didn’t offer the animal as the sacrifice, he was sacrificing his own barbarism. Abel teaches us that we all have a barbaric mentality within us and we have to offer that to God, Cain shockingly reminds us that if we don’t sacrifice our barbarism before the Lord, we become animals! That could be the reason why Genesis 4:7 says “if you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it”. While reading the text, it gives the feel of a request to conquer the animal hidden inside us. It is brutal.
The Christmas gives us an invitation to end up human. The psalmist has enlisted the reasons of this mercilessness inside us. “When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was stupid and ignorant; I was like a brute beast toward you” (Ps 73:21). An animal lives according to its proclivity and wants. However, a man lives according to the graces showered by God. Hence, let this Christmas may remind us that the humanity within us has not died. Also, let it destroy the savageness within us.
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year