Christmas tells us where to find Jesus: a stable, the Eucharist, with jail inmates, and with cancer patients. Christmas is learning to recognize Jesus in the humble places of this world. Where did you see Jesus today? [AUDIO]
A king sits on his throne looking bored. People dance to slow music. Suddenly the throne is empty. The commercial cuts to scenes of the king riding a horse, saving a princess from a robotic dragon, jumping on a helicopter and fighting with Spider Man in New York City. It ends with the tagline Greatness Awaits and shows a video-game …
The year 2015 was pretty dark. There’s plenty of darkness in the Christmas story too. Jesus is not afraid of the dark. He loves you and wants a relationship with you. He wants you to love him in return. Train yourself to look for the Light. [AUDIO]
Subtitle: Is the 20+C+M+B+16 written over your doorway some kind of secret code? Catholics love stuff. From Holy Water to holy medals, we like things we can see and touch. We also like to bless everything: our food, our home, our car, hospitals, boats… We will even bless bridges and airports if you ask. Some brilliant Catholics found a way to combine …
The Son of God looks like… us! He reveals Who God is and Who we are. The family is a portal into Heaven. So is Mass, where we the Son of God in our hands. We can experience the Peace and Joy of our sonship whenever we give glory to God in the highest.
Why is this birthday so important? The Shepherd became a sheep to save us from the wolf and bring us peace and joy. At every Mass we experience the miracle of Christmas: a God so small and innocent, you can hold Him in your hands. (25 Dec 2014)
Christmas Letter 2014 Remember how Christmas was such a magical time when you were children? You were excited for weeks, tried to be good just before Christmas, and maybe even caught a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer. What is the true spirit of Christmas, and how can it still be magical after all these years?
The Magi bring three gifts for the child Jesus. These gifts proclaim three things about the child: gold proclaims that He is king, frankincense that He is God, and myrrh that He will die. We will spend the next year reflecting on these three aspects of the life of Jesus: how He is king and what sort of kingdom He rules; how He is God and what His relationship is with the Father; how He is sacrifice and the Lamb of God who dies for our salvation.
Jesus has come for all people. He is the true Priest, the true Prophet, and the true King. But the gift of Jesus is so much more than just a child in a manger. God has promised to accompany us all our life — much like an engagement ring. Jesus fully plans to teach us, lead us, and die for us. That is why at today’s Mass we announce the upcoming feasts from the next year: There is so much more to come.
We celebrate the Birthday of Jesus because He comes to tell us: I Love You. Poor and rich, simple and clever, Jew and Gentile – I love you. On the Cross I love you. At the Mass I love you. He wants to hear us say: I love You too.
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