*Today is a holy day of obligation. Please go to Mass and if you don’t without a serious reason, you must go to Confession before receiving Communion again.*
He’s here. After 4 weeks of preparation and waiting, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is born! The little Baby, looking so tiny and helpless in the manger, is the Almighty God come to save His people. His poverty and humility are astounding. What can we take from this? Sit with the Nativity scene for a while and reflect. Presently, the Christ Child cries, nurses, sleeps, and does everything else a newborn baby does. But He is God. When He grows up, He will save His people by dying for them. But right now, He is just a helpless infant. And coming to us in this way is the primary way that He wants to teach us. We just have to listen.
Sure, the gifts you found under the tree this morning are nice. But the greatest Gift of all, which nothing can compare to, is what we celebrate today. Are you ready to listen to Him and accept what He comes to give and to teach us?
A couple of notes:
- The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are said every day within the Octave of Christmas.
- Unlike the Octave of Easter, the Christmas Octave is not a privileged octave. This means that the feasts of saints and other solemnities may be celebrated on days within the octave and the Office for the Dead and Requiem Masses may be said during the octave. It also means that the obligation to abstain from meat is NOT lifted on the Friday within the octave.
I wish all of you a blessed and joyful Christmas season!