We gather in faith these days to celebrate the birth of a child, a child who is Christ the Lord. For us as Christians it is a time of joy and expectation, for we are also celebrating our birth. We live because Christ lives. But on Christmas day each one comes to celebrate for a particular reason and in a different way.
Some of the reasons may be hidden deep within our hearts. Perhaps it is the memory of days long ago when we rushed home from Christmas Mass in expectation of all that Christmas means to a little child. Perhaps some come out of habit because there is a longing to recapture that spirit of Christmas which has been long neglected and crowded out by so many cares of the world or there might be even a tinge of guilt knowing that we have starved ourselves for too long of Christ who is the bread of life and we return rejoicing that God has not forgotten, even if we may have. And others come rejoicing that once again we can celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and when we sing joy to the world we experience it in our own hearts and lives. All of these dreams and reasons for our being here join together for all our hopes and desires come true in the Eucharist.
But Christmas is only the beginning, because this child born today will grow in wisdom and in grace. He will preach and pardon, he will heal and help, he will die and rise again. Christmas is only the beginning, but isn’t it delightful that in the midst of our troubled and mixed-up world we can pause at the end of December and know that our fears are groundless and our hopes alive. Because Emmanuel, Christ is with us, has arrived.
To celebrate this great feast of Christ’s birth it is our pleasure to give to every household in our Parish a copy of Mathew Kelly’s book titled "The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity." Kelly an Australian author, has dedicated his life to helping people become the best version of themselves. It is an easy read, and we hope you enjoy it as we wish you a blessed Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.
Fr John R. Mulvehill