See what I see
see what I see!
(Hamlet - Act III, Scene 1 - spoken by Ophelia)
I have seen much in this year now ending
I have seen things most sacred – innocent human life and the bond of matrimony – trodden into the dust by arrogant human selfishness.
I have seen hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children swept away or crushed by the still-greater powers of nature.
I have seen one of the greatest men of our time relentlessly weighed down by infirmity and then silenced.
I have seen fear and worry in families, pain and doubt in people of faith, and desperate emptiness in the faces of the old and the young.
But I have also seen something else.
I have looked into the eyes of a child, of a boy newly born into the world.
The eyes are clear, bright, and warm.
They look out into the same terrible world that I have seen, but there is no fear in those eyes.
In those eyes, tiny and gentle, there is peace and strength reaching into infinity.
The eyes look at me: they are filled with love, forgiveness, and measureless grace.
Look away for a moment from the trouble of the world.
Look into those eyes and see what I see.
A child is born in Bethlehem.
It is Christ the Lord.
Come, let us adore.