December 24, 2009
Once there was a king who was loved by his people. He respected all religions in his kingdom. He had special love for the poor. He was a wealthy man. But he had a great dream of bringing everlasting prosperity and peace in his kingdom. He would often visited his people in disguise. He had only one son.
One day his son fell in love with a girl. The king was disturbed when he learnt that she was the daughter of a poor peasant. He asked his son to reconsider his decision and instead marry a wealthy girl. But the son was not moved. His father said that if he married this girl he would have no place in his palace. A few days later the son came to his father and said, “Dad, I have decided for sure. I do not want anything from you. But I wish to go and live with that girl, for I am really in love with her. That day the son had sacrificed his power and splendour for the sake of his beloved.
A similar love story was written by the Almighty King 2009 years ago, when he was planning to redeem the world to restore the prosperity of his creation. He had to make a wothwhile sacrifice. Jesus willingly accepted to give up heavenly glory because he loved us deeply. He came to be like us, human to the core in the form of a babe. He was in love with YOU and ME. This love story of sacrifice is re-told every year, during Christmas.
It is said that the decision was not easy for the Almighty King. God called his three angels - LOVE, PEACE and LIGHT to discuss the plan of salvation. God said, “What shall we do?”
LOVE came forward saying, “I feel the people have forgotten me. They seem to be engaged in widespread murders, rapes, assaults, terrorism and the like. There is no respect for life any more. So I shall go.”
PEACE silently came to the scene and whispered, “I think I am the solution for all the communal riots. I am the most sought after entity today, I shall go first.”
LIGHT said, “I feel I can enlighten the people about their evil ways and bring them out of darkness. Then they will be able to live in peace and love. I am ready.”
God was not pleased. He paused for a while and said, “I wish to send my own son who shall be the fullness of all the three of you.”Thus God came down to heal the broken world. He became a sign of love, peace and light.
But today there is much of hatred, greed, violence and crime. People have forgotten the three angles. There is no unity. We have failed to realize that at the core we all are human beings seeking for ultimate happiness. We have been fighting to show the superiority of our religions.
Today religions have killed humanness. Does not every religion our country teach about these three angels? Yes, God will not send his messenger Jesus again. He needs YOU and ME this Christmas, to be these three angels. Are we ready?
Christmas is a reminder to reset our goal in life. We should remember:
First, we are Human beings, then we are Indians. The only we can boast of being Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and so on.
On Christmas night the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people of goodwill.”
It does not matter to which religion we belong. But it does matter whether we aspire for PEACE, LOVE and LIGHT in our lives. Let’s spread this unique message of Christmas this year.
We have great deal to learn from the simple examples of love of the shepherds, animals and Kings who came to worship the King of all virtues. May Love, peace and light rule our hearts.