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October 28, 2009

October 29th Holy Spirit Novena
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October 28, 2009

 

 

Christmas

 

Isaiah 9: 1-6

 

The people that walked in darkness 
    have seen a great light; 
on the inhabitants of a country 
    in shadow dark as death 
        light has blazed forth. 
You have enlarged the nation, 
    you have increased its joy; 
they rejoice before you 
    as people rejoice at harvest time, 
as they exult 
    when they are dividing the spoils. 

For the yoke that weighed on it, 
    the bar across its shoulders, 
the rod of its oppressor, 
these you have broken 
    as on the day of Midian. 

For all the footgear 
    clanking over the ground 
and all the clothing rolled in blood, 
will be burnt, will be food for the flames. 

For a son has been born for us, 
a son has been given to us, 
and dominion has been laid 
    on his shoulders; 
and this is the name he has been given, 
‘Wonder–Counsellor, Mighty–God, 
Eternal–Father, Prince–of–Peace’ 
to extend his dominion 
    in boundless peace, 
over the throne of David 
    and over his kingdom 
to make it secure and sustain it 
in fair judgement and integrity. 
From this time onwards and for ever, 
the jealous love of Yahweh Sabaoth 
    will do this.

 

Titus 2: 11-14

    You see, God's grace has been revealed to save the whole human race; it has taught us that we should give up everything contrary to true religion and all our worldly passions; we must be self-restrained and live upright and religious lives in this present world, waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus. He offered himself for us in order to ransom us from all our faults and to purify a people to be his very own and eager to do good

 

Luke 2: 1-14

Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world. This census—the first—took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David’s town called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first–born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living–space. In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night. An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified, but the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words: 

    Glory to God in the highest heaven, 
    and on earth peace for those he favours. 

  
December 25, 2006

Christmas touches what is most beautiful in our lives and in our faith.  Christmas shows us that God wants to be close to us and wants us to be close to him.  Christmas tells us God loves us enough that he is willing to share in our poverty and in our suffering.  The place where he was born, Bethlehem, which means house of bread, and the manger in which he lay, which was a food trough for animals, reveal to us that he came to be our food, to nourish us with his truth and his light and his love.  His birth shows us he came for all people, from the lowly shepherds who were practically the most unimportant people in society to the wise men who came from far away.  Every child who is conceived is a sign of hope both to its parents and to the world – who knows what each little life might accomplish.  Jesus’ coming into our world brings with it the greatest hope of all, hope that we shall live forever in his kingdom. 

Today I would like you to use your imagination.  Picture what might happen if the statues in our crib were to come alive.  What they might say.  What they might do.  What would Mary tell us?  Would she complain of the long trip to Bethlehem bouncing along on the back of a donkey or the inconvenience of not finding a place to stay for the night?  Or is it possible that none of that would matter because of the joy she felt at the birth of Jesus.  Not only was he her precious child but the angel had told her be would be called holy, Son of God and king forever?  Would she, in her love, be covering his little face with her kisses?  And Joseph?  He really cared about Mary and Jesus.  Would he worry about them having to spend the night in a stable?  But he was trusting, too, and he may have felt very peaceful knowing he did all he could and God would take care of the rest.  What might the shepherds have to tell us?  Were they amazed that God chose to tell them, as unimportant as they were, this exciting news that their Messiah and Lord had just been born and he was only a few steps away from them?  Did the wise men already see the star and start getting their bags packed so they could go to meet this newly arrived king?  The animals, if they could talk, would probably ask, “What’s going on with all these people coming and going?”  Could they sense the excitement around them and know that they were looking upon their God and Creator?  I wonder what Jesus might have said if he could have talked, but he didn’t know how to talk yet.  He was just born.  The divine side of him might have been thinking why did I ever do this.  Or his divine side, filled with divine joy from all eternity, might have been feeling joy now as a human infant, ready to bring life and light, healing and salvation to all who would be receptive to his great love.  It’s interesting to speculate what each person in the stable might have been thinking, feeling, doing, or what they might say to us if they were to come alive. 

I want to carry that thought just a little further.  If these lifeless statues that remind us of the glorious event of Jesus’ birth were to come alive, that would be a stupendous miracle.  It’s not in the nature of things that a lifeless object suddenly springs to life, and living things that have life do not suddenly take on a higher form of life.  Seeds might turn into flowers and tadpoles might turn into frogs, but flowers don’t turn into cats and frogs don’t turn into whales.  Trees do not become squirrels, goldfish do not become horses and rabbits do not become human.  I have no quarrel with the idea of evolution if God decided to create higher and more complex forms of life from lower forms of life over thousands of years, but there is considerable consistency and stability in creation.  And here is where part of the miracle of Christmas lies.  The Son of God came down to us to lift us up, to give us a higher form of life, to make us humans divine.  We do not stop being human, but we become much more, we become God’s sons and daughters.  But we have to open our hearts to him for this to happen.  That’s why we celebrate Christmas.   It’s not that the Son of God became bored up in heaven and decided he wanted something different to do, so he decided to come and visit this planet.  No!  He came to us because he wanted to share with us all the joy and love and life he shared with his Father and with the Holy Spirit from all eternity. 

If Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were to say anything to us they would tell us to trust Jesus, to open our hearts to him and to follow his way of love, to love God with our whole selves and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  If we do that, everything else will fall into place and we will enjoy eternal happiness.  Amen

 

  

                

 

 

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Words of Jesus to Members of
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"My beloved priest-companion, I intend to use the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates, in a powerful way for the renewal of My Church and the world.

"I will use the newsletter and the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates as a powerful instrument for spreading devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart.

"I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

- Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Founder, as given on July 31, 1994,
feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)

 

  

 

  


 

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