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Friday, December 15, 2017 - Advent

Reflections

for Sunday, December 25, 2016

At this Mass during the day, the Prophet Isaiah tells us: "all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God." Those of us who celebrated the Midnight Mass remember the Prophet telling us of the joy of those walking in darkness who now can see a great light. The focus in the Mass during the Day is on this light, Jesus Himself, going out to all the world. The ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God!

This first reading from the Prophet Isaiah at the Mass during the Day also tells us this: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, "Your God is King!" It is Jesus Himself who constantly calls us to God the Father by giving us peace, proclaiming the Good News that God loves us, assuring us that He will forgive our sins and inviting us to acknowledge that God is King. On this Christmas Day we can renew our faith that God loves us and has become a little child so that we can see His love for us.

The second reading at this Mass is from the Letter to the Hebrews. It reminds us that God has spoken of Jesus: "I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me." Our Jewish ancestors knew how to use the Scriptures to make their point, but not to distort Scripture. The challenge for each of us on Christmas Day is to allow the Father to possess our lives and to see Him in Jesus. The Father and the Son are one in the Holy Spirit. We ourselves find our lives constantly challenged in faith and in action. Today, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we are invited to acknowledge His divinity in His humanity once more and to thank the Father.

The Gospel of this Mass during the Day always comes from the Prologue of John's Gospel. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory." We are invited to look deeply at this mystery, to recognize God in Jesus and to see that are invited to share in this divine mystery by actually sharing in the divinity of Jesus. Our faith can never become simply something we do. Our faith must be at the very center of our lives and reflect our deepest belief about God, about creation and about love itself. God sends us His Son because of His love for us. God wants us fully alive in our humanity and freed from all sin and brokenness.

So we can rejoice in the tradition that tells us: Christ is born for us today. Come, let us adore Him. It is for us that Christ is born. For us! This love that God has for us comes to us today and we see this love in the little baby who grows and matures and offers His life for us. Come, let us adore Him.At this Mass during the day, the Prophet Isaiah tells us: "all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God." Those of us who celebrated the Midnight Mass remember the Prophet telling us of the joy of those walking in darkness who now can see a great light. The focus in the Mass during the Day is on this light, Jesus Himself, going out to all the world. The ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God!

This first reading from the Prophet Isaiah at the Mass during the Day also tells us this: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, "Your God is King!" It is Jesus Himself who constantly calls us to God the Father by giving us peace, proclaiming the Good News that God loves us, assuring us that He will forgive our sins and inviting us to acknowledge that God is King. On this Christmas Day we can renew our faith that God loves us and has become a little child so that we can see His love for us.

The second reading at this Mass is from the Letter to the Hebrews. It reminds us that God has spoken of Jesus: "I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me." Our Jewish ancestors knew how to use the Scriptures to make their point, but not to distort Scripture. The challenge for each of us on Christmas Day is to allow the Father to possess our lives and to see Him in Jesus. The Father and the Son are one in the Holy Spirit. We ourselves find our lives constantly challenged in faith and in action. Today, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we are invited to acknowledge His divinity in His humanity once more and to thank the Father.

The Gospel of this Mass during the Day always comes from the Prologue of John's Gospel. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory." We are invited to look deeply at this mystery, to recognize God in Jesus and to see that are invited to share in this divine mystery by actually sharing in the divinity of Jesus. Our faith can never become simply something we do. Our faith must be at the very center of our lives and reflect our deepest belief about God, about creation and about love itself. God sends us His Son because of His love for us. God wants us fully alive in our humanity and freed from all sin and brokenness.

So we can rejoice in the tradition that tells us: Christ is born for us today. Come, let us adore Him. It is for us that Christ is born. For us! This love that God has for us comes to us today and we see this love in the little baby who grows and matures and offers His life for us. Come, let us adore Him.

 
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 9.2-4, 6-7
Second Reading: Titus 2.11-14
Gospel: Luke 2.1-14

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.

   

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