Isaiah 52, 7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1, 1-6; John 1, 1-18
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The nativity of the Lord, the blessed feast of Christmas, is about the gift of God that none of us can ever repay. It is not only the birth of Christ; perhaps it is more the birthday of all those blessed to be baptized into the saving death and resurrection of our incarnate Lord.
The Catechism has this to say about the Incarnation: "Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary's womb because he is the New Adam, who inaugurates the new creation: 'The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.'(1 Cor 15:45, 47) From his conception, Christ's humanity is filled with the Holy Spirit, for God "gives him the Spirit without measure.'(Jn 3:34) From 'his fullness' as the head of redeemed humanity 'we have all received, grace upon grace.'(Jn 1:16)" (CCC 504)
THE CHRISTMAS MYSTERY
"Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family.(Lk 2:6-7) Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven's glory was made manifest.(Lk 2:8-20) The Church never tires of singing the glory of this night:
The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal
And the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible.
The angels and shepherds praise him
And the magi advance with the star,
For you are born for us,
Little Child, God eternal!" (Kontakion of Romanos the Melodist) (CCC 525)
We sing with the angels in each Mass as we anticipate our own meeting with the incarnate Lord born this day, and at each liturgy, in the Eucharist: "Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, Dominus Deus sabaoth, pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua, hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini, hosanna in excelsis."
Looking forward to meeting you here again next week as, together, we "meet Christ in the liturgy" - Father Cusick (Publish with permission only)