December 25, 2021

Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord

Merry Christmas, everyone!

All over the world, people celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a joyous time, a happy time, a time of gift-giving; generosity; and lots of love. Enjoy every minute of it.

Today’s gospel reading John for day’s Mass also focuses on gift-giving, as we consider the example given us by God on this feast. Think of the generosity of God in giving us his Son. What an example of love God gives us here. All of this starts from the beginning with Jesus. Can we interiorize this love, joy, and generosity of God and share it with others? The scriptures are clear that we can, for John 10:10, states: “I have come that you have life and have it abundantly.” What we have been given, we are expected to share.

In a letter Father Eymard wrote to Mother Guyot, Superior of the Good Shepherd Sisters, he expresses something of her spiritual character. “I see that you are preparing a beautiful crib for our Lord.” This was Father Eymard’s description of Mother Guyot’s heart, her making a dwelling there for Jesus by the sacrifices evident in her life (Christmas, 1864 – Excerpt from Darren Maslen, SSS).

As believers in Jesus Christ, each Mass enables us to do the same, preparing a place in our hearts for Christ to dwell. Jesus there enters our world sacramentally once again, filling us with his love, and inspiring us to imitate his generosity and goodness. Christmas should inspire us to imitate our gracious Lord. The choice is ours; let us do just that this glorious Christmas day—and every day of our lives.

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, let others see your Son in us so they may want him to dwell also with them. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.