This was the prayer after Communion at Midnight Mass for Christmas:
Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God,
that we, who are gladdened by participation
in the feast of our Redeemer's Nativity,
may through an honorable way of life become worthy of union with him.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
I latched onto that "honorable way of life". It makes me think of the great saints: Teresa of Avila, the Blessed Mother, Augustine. It makes me think of the little saints, patient in their humility: Andre of Montreal and Solanus Casey. It makes me think of my dad and my sister-in-law.
As we near the end of the year, we are going to be seeing a lot of those lists that get trotted out at this time: the best-dressed of 2011, the top ten movies of the year, the best-selling gadgets of the past twelve months. But I bet there won't be any listing pondering the most honorable people of the year, those who lived their lives with grace, humility, charity and service to others. That's okay - those folks don't want anyone to notice anyway, and we know who they are in our own lives. But as we celebrate our Savior's birth, and pray that His Coming has true meaning in our lives, it will serve us well to think about our own way of living.
Am I living a life of honor, so as to become worthy to live in union with the Christ Child, the God-Man, Emmanuel?