In the dark of night an angel speaks, the message is simple: Do not be afraid; I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day a Saviour, who is the Christ, the Lord. This is the message of Christmas. It is a message that is spoken tonight to us.
It is said of this Mass for Christmas that it does not simply commemorate an event which happened in the past, but it takes that event of the past and makes it present to us. The mystery of the birth of Jesus, where the Son of God becomes also the Son of Mary, where God takes on our human condition, is not simply an event which took place two thousand years ago in Bethlehem. In this sacrament of the Mass for Christmas, Jesus makes present to us his birth, his coming into our world and into our lives so we may enter into this miraculous happening as did the shepherds of Bethlehem long ago.
So let us then enter into the miracle of Christmas. Let us hear the message of the angel. It speaks...Read More