To get ready for Christmas, it can help us now during Advent to reflect a little and to remember how in Garabandal Our Lady wanted to bring Baby Jesus in some of the apparitions.
What did she want to teach us with this? Our Lady did not give us an answer in her own words, but we can still receive a lesson for our own lives. With this reflection, hopefully we will not live this Christmas as just "one more" Christmas, but live it in a deeper, more real way, discovering its true meaning. We have so many distractions and so many concerns, which do not allow us to realize what our true concern should be: to make God well received into our home.
She wants to lead us to Him
God is not far away from us but very close to us. At Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God became man out of love for us to save us.
As the Virgin Mary in Garabandal wanted to lead the girls towards Jesus, it was necessary for her to bring Him during some apparitions. The girls relate how when She came with Baby Jesus she was always smiling, content, and happy. When She brought Him with her, they would speak as little girls to Him and, on more than one occasion, they were able to hold Him in their arms. Once, when Mari Loli had Baby Jesus in her arms, the onlookers overheard her say to Our Lady, "If you want, you can leave and I will take care of Him for you."
This Christmas the Blessed Virgin wants to give us Baby Jesus too, so that we can receive Him in our heart.
Turning to Her with confidence and trust
When time had passed since they had seen Baby Jesus, the onlookers would hear Conchita exclaim: "It's been so long since the last time you came with the baby, but He hasn't grown at all … He hasn't changed at all… ¿Where's He been? When you don't bring Him, where is He? In Heaven? In a cradle?"
Mary's motherly presence and that of Baby Jesus invited the girls to treat them with a simplicity and trust that we, although we are older, have to try to imitate.
When we contemplate God who has become a Child for us, Christmas gives us the opportunity to not only remember the great love of God but also become like children before Him. This in not a childish way of acting, but it is a spiritual infancy that means doing by virtue what a child does by nature: above all trusting in Him.
Do you want to give Him a gift?
"We liked to throw a party for Jesus," says Conchita, "We would get together little stones. I would put them in my braids, Loli would put them up her sleeves, and Jacinta would give them to Him. He didn't take them but He smiled a lot. Mari Cruz used to say to Him, 'I have some sweets that someone gave me. If you come with me, I'll give them to you.' "
And what about us? What can we give Baby Jesus? Without a doubt, the best present we can give Him is a clean and pure heart. That is why we must go to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. A good confession will prepare us for Christmas; it will prepare us to receive Jesus, Our God, as He deserves