Thursday, December 24, 2015

12-25-2015 -- Christmas, Year C

December 25, 2015 - Christmas, Year C
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church




Jesus comes to us in this celebration of Christmas to knock once again at the doors of our hearts, looking to see if there’s room at the inn.


Each and every one of us is called to respond. How many times has Jesus come looking for room at the inn?


Have we been too busy in our own thoughts to notice? Too concerned with our own affairs or with our Christmas preparations?


How many times has Jesus sent the Angel Gabriel to us with a message from God but we didn’t notice because we were too busy or too preoccupied?


Have we failed to welcome Jesus who comes knocking at the doors of our hearts asking for a yes like Mary’s yes, asking for a yes like Joseph’s yes?


Jesus, God’s Word made flesh, comes to us to be with us, to embrace us with the tender embrace of a newborn baby.


Can we let Jesus enter our hearts this Christmas? Can we welcome him as a friend?


Pope Francis has invited each of us to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.


Jesus is seeking shelter not in a manger this Christmas. Jesus is seeking to make his home in our hearts.


Jesus desires to be with us, to transform us with his love, a love that warms our hearts and leads us to acts of charity, acts of kindness, acts of love, acts of humility and acts of mercy.


Acts of Charity: doing something for someone who cannot possibly return the favor.


Acts of Kindness: going above and beyond to make someone feel loved and appreciated.


Acts of Love: true love, the kind of love that makes us ache with longing and desire, the kind of love that would make us lay down our lives for another.


Acts of Humility: living simply without boasting or bragging.


Acts of Mercy: forgiving someone who has hurt us or practicing the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy.


Jesus comes to us as an infant because he doesn’t want us to be afraid of him. No one is afraid of a newborn babe. We want to cradle a newborn in our arms. We want to hold the beautiful new life close to us.


The tiny baby Jesus, the Word made flesh, comes to us in this way so that we can approach without fear, so that we will draw near to be close to him.


Jesus comes to us in this celebration of Christmas, knocking once again at the doors of our hearts.


Let us open ourselves and let him enter for he is Emmanuel, God with us, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Unto us a child is born. O come let us adore him!

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