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Monday - Christmas Eve Download This Homily

December 24, 2018

Monday - Christmas Eve

 

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 ;

 Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29;

Gospel LK 1:67-79


Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace."


Christmas Eve

 

In one of the Parishes the rehearsal of Christmas drama was in progress which is to be staged on the Christmas Day. One of the acolytes wanted to play a role in the drama but couldn’t succeed. Finally he got the role of the Innkeeper with the recommendation by the Parish Priest. He had practiced his one line dialogue which he has to say to Joseph, “Here there is no place, get away from here”. Rehearsal was over. The day arrived to sage the drama. All actors had their make-ups and costumes including our acolyte as innkeeper. Drama started. Joseph and Mary came to the Inn asking for place to the Innkeeper. Seeing their helpless situation, the boy felt so pity to them that he said to Joseph, “There is plenty of place. Come inside”.


In the famous story of Leo Tolstoy, Martin the cobbler extended warm hospitality to all the strangers who visited him while he himself was waiting for the Lord to come. The Lord appeared Martin and said to him, “Whenever you did it to the least of my brethren, you did it me”.


One of the most inspiring and fascinating songs of Christmas time is “Silent Night, Holy Night”. The song was born in 1818. An organ in a Parish Church in Germany was damaged. Without Church organ there would be no music and there is hardly any time left to repair the organ. The assistant parish priest, Fr Joseph More found an alternative. He wrote a beautiful song and with the accompaniment of Guitar he gave music to his lyrics while watching the stars in the silent and cold night imaging what would have happened on Christmas Night. The song which came out of nothingness became world famous since it creates the same experience of Christmas night among the singers and listeners.


Jesus emptied himself and was born in a manger. As Paul says, “ For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich” (2Cor. 8: 9).  He was born in poverty and by his poverty he made all of us rich. On this Christmas Eve let us go and share food and blankets to the poorest of poor in the streets and celebrate Christmas with the unloved and unwanted. That will be the best preparation for welcoming Jesus, the Savior who is God – with- us, Emmanuel.


Let us go to Bethlehem” says St. Bernard, “there we have something to admire, to love and to imitate” In the early ages of the Church, it was the custom for the faithful to assemble in the Church on the evening before the Christmas Mass and to prepare worthily by hearing passages connected to the birth of Jesus from the Scriptures and by devout recital of some prayers, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will” (Luke 2: 14)


Fr. Shepherd Thelapilly CMI


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