Reflection by Aidan Troy [Aodhán O Troighthigh] Please note: the view of the above alone.
Easter and Christmas are two great feasts of the People of God. In truth, Christmas sometimes ‘steals the show’ when it comes to emotions around both great feasts.
Could I suggest that both Christmas and Easter are closely related:
Birth at Christmas was the coming of God among us on this earth. At Easter, we are born into eternal life. Jesus is present at both and comes so that we would never be separated again.
Mary, along with Joseph, plays a crucial role in the coming of Jesus to birth on this earth. On Calvary, Mary stands beneath the Cross as her Son dies. He dies, not before He speaks to her and gives her a mission that involves us.
Motherhood of Mary is an essential of the Christmas story. Perhaps not as obvious, but just as true and crucial is Mary as Mother of the Church, born from the side of Jesus on the Cross. She is Mother twice over.
Angels sang at the birth of Jesus and we sing their songs every Christmas. The Angel came back to Jesus, in agony in Gethsemane. This time, the song is silent but offers comfort to the distressed and bleeding Jesus.
Wood features at the Birth in Bethlehem when Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. The wood of the manger becomes the wood of the Cross. The swaddling clothes of birth become the burial cloths of the Tomb. The same Jesus wears both.
Visitors to Jesus at His birth were shepherds attracted in from the fields. Also, the wise people from the East who followed the star. The first visitor to the Tomb on Easter morning was the great and caring Mary Magdalene. She had no hope of ever seeing her Lord again after the horrors of the Cross, that she mistook the Risen Jesus for the gardener! Mary of Magdala becomes a herald of the Easter good news.
The link of Christmas to Easter is not the whole story. Both are related to us in 2018. Jesus is not born to die and leave it at that. He is born and rises so that we may have life and have it to the full. His story is our story. Each of us is born to reach eternal life and to be able to meet Jesus in Heaven. We are born to get a chance to chat to Mary, and Joseph, about the events of the Birth. We are born into eternal life to spend it with the God who made us, redeemed us and loves us without limit.
May the joy and happiness of the Risen Lord be with everyone as we acclaim the Risen One. ALLELUIA!