Daily Meditation for December 24, 2009

by Ruth Anne Schneider, OSB

In John’s gospel we are told that when Philip found Nathanael and said to him: “We have found [Jesus], the one about whom Moses…wrote,” Nathanael quipped, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” In the year 1818, a mouse chewed through the bellows of the organ and there was to be no organ music for Christmas Mass in a little mountain town in Austria. The pastor, Father Mohr, thought of as rather ordinary, scribbled some words to a melody and a violinist, Franz Gruber, played it for the service. Thus the favorite Christmas carol “Silent Night” was born. No one at the time thought it anything special, but when the man came to fix the organ and found the song on the scrap of paper he recognized its simple beauty and made it known. Sometimes it is from those we least expect that great things come. Let us ask God to help us be open to the least among us.