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<< Wednesday, December 25, 2002 >> Christmas
Isaiah 9:1-6
Titus 2:11-14

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(Midnight Mass readings) Psalm 96
Luke 2:1-14

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"A Child is born to us, a Son is given us; upon His shoulder dominion rests. They name Him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace." —Isaiah 9:5

"Mary" Christmas! May you love Jesus as Mary does.

Before Christmas, I received the devastating news that a married couple I had known for years was planning to divorce. Next, a good friend's father died suddenly, apparently without knowing Christ. Then, on Christmas Eve, a homeless man knocked on the rectory door. He was a broken and hurting man in many ways — especially because he was alienated from his dying father.

All this bad news would be depressing if not for the facts that:

  • God has become man and dwells among us (Jn 1:14).
  • "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone" (Is 9:1).
  • "The grace of God has appeared, saving all" (Ti 2:11).
  • "When the kindness and generous love of God our Savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of His mercy, He saved us" (Ti 3:4-5).
  • "They see directly, before their eyes, the Lord restoring" His people (Is 52:8).
  • "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people" (Lk 2:10).

There is hope, reconciliation, healing, resurrection, and eternal life because "today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you Who is Messiah and Lord" (Lk 2:11). The light of Christ and Christmas "shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (Jn 1:5). "Mary" Christmas!

Prayer: Father, because of Your Son becoming man, may I rejoice in the measure that I share His sufferings (1 Pt 4:13).
Promise: "He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." —Ti 3:5
Praise: Praise the Word made flesh, our Savior, Lord, and God!
Nihil obstat: Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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