THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
December 24, 2022: 10:00 p.m.Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Saint Luke 2: 1-20
In nomine Jesu!
“The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay” is God. What does that say to you? God, our God, is a weak, defenseless, helpless infant? What does that say to our society, a society that celebrates competitiveness, rewards aggressiveness, and worships power? What does that’s say to the Church and the world increasingly obsessed with proving that “our” version of God is bigger, better, tougher, and stronger and will one day give us ultimate control? “The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay” is God. What does this mean?
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Witnessing the Word: our hope met in him, through the night
Nativity of our Lord III. 12.25.2022
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4; John 1:1-14
Rev. Sergio Rodriguez, Homilist
“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world (Jn 1:9).”
¡Feliz Navidad! And Prospero Año Nuevo!
We join the church on earth and the saints above in celebrating the arrival of “our hopes and fears of all the years, met [in Christ].” His birth heralds the beginning of the great mystery and sacrament of our faith: God reconciling to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross (Col 1:20a). To restore us and the entire cosmos, from the most distant singularity to the quantum worlds, smaller than can be perceptively measured, Jesus became like us in every way possible. The one born to a family of impoverished Jewish construction workers, laid upon a feed trough, he somehow was the Word that was in the beginning with God. That the very birth, life, ministry, and death foretold of his child carried with him, the essence of sentient existence itself; in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
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