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)
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.
Jesus was born in a little shack, at the edge of town, and Mary and Joseph probably thought that nobody at all would notice them…until the shepherds showed up. We might think that nobody notices and nobody cares, but God notices, and God cares, and God’s angels are always around us. Because of this truth, we should not be afraid of anything, and we should let God help us with everything.
Christmas, Mass at Midnight – We need a hero. Jesus has only one superpower: unconditional love. He is the antidote — not of violence, guns, or aliens — but fear and hate and selfishness. He shares His love with us and we become invincible. (25 Dec 2012)
Christmas Day – God has made a covenant with Noah, Moses, Abraham, David. God has been faithful even when his human partners have been unfaithful. Now God has a human face. He takes our side of the covenant, reveals God’s face, and shows us our destiny.