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Homilies :: Latin Rite
CHRISTMAS Download This Homily

December 25, 2018

CHRISTMAS

 

IS 9:1-6

TI 2:11-14

Gospel LK 2:1-14


In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields  and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes  and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

 

“Lord, let me know You, and know myself.”

 

Christmas time for many is a time to celebrate, to give, to be with others, and you’re here in this church of course to celebrate above all the gift of God to us in Jesus Christ. 


“Who is Jesus Christ?”, we say what we have learned: He is the Savior of the world, the Son of the Father, which “we recite in the Creed.” But, it is a little more difficult to answer the question of who Jesus Christ is “for me.” It is a question that can embarrass us a little bit, because in order to answer that question, “I have to dig into my heart”; that is, we have to begin from our own experience.


For Saint Paul, Jesus Christ is the one who threw him from his horse. On this day Christmas we should ask ourselves who is Jesus Christ for me.


In order to know Jesus the first step is knowing oneself: [that we are] sinners, sinners. Without this understanding and without this interior confession – that I am a sinner – we cannot go forward. The second step is prayer to the Lord, who with His power makes us know this mystery of Jesus, which is the fire that He has brought upon the earth.

 

 

The light shines in the darkness, says St John in his gospel, and the darkness did not overcome it.

We are in a time of shining light into dark corners.

 

Part of the reason why God comes to us in Jesus, in a human child, is to reveal that God knows both innocence and experience. God knows all there is to know, the worst as well as the best about you and me and everyone and everything, and yet loves us none the less – and dares to place himself at our mercy at Christmas.

 

The world we live in remains dark in cruelty and war; people are lost on the journey of life; greed predominates as a god; the earth is exploited; peoples continue to be hungry, oppressed and annihilated. The world is dark in sin. It is in this darkness that a great light has shown, a light for all peoples.

 

Christ comes as the Light of the world. Christ comes as the Just One of God. Christ comes as the King of Peace. Christ comes as the all merciful and compassionate God. Christ comes without portfolio, without wealth, without social standing. He comes only to do the will of God for our salvation. He is not for Himself. He is for us, and for our salvation. He is the Lord of Life. He is the Hope of the world. “Come to Me, all you who hunger and thirst, and I will refresh you.”


If we believe in Christ as the Hope of the world it is the beginning of our salvation. But belief alone is not enough. We become fully engaged in the celebration of Christmas only if we desire all that is good and right for the face of the earth and live in accord with the way of Christ.

 

 

 

For God comes among us in Christ as a shining light with eyes open wide, to rejoice and suffer with us, and to give us the power to become children of God - wherever we may be this Christmas, and any other, time.


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. It would be a good habit if every day, in every moment, we could say, “Lord, let me know You, and know myself.”


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May God Bless you

Fr. James M L CMI

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