St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

 

Encounter with Jesus                                                            -Homily December 22, 2013

 

It seems to me that nowadays, in the Church, one needs to say only two words to make people smile: “Pope Francis." He is so fine, so “cute”, so sincere, so clear, so down to earth, so loving…

 

I imagine that something similar would have happened with the people who met Jesus during his earthly life. Imagine yourself asking them: “Have you ever met Jesus?” Their face would be enkindled, and the answer perhaps: “Oh yes, he made a table for me," “He healed my mother," “He said ‘hi’ to me," “I was among the five thousand he fed, how could I forget him?” Imagine the sweetness of their faces saying those words, like passing on to you the warmth they felt when they met him.

 

I wish we all could react in the same way when they mention “Jesus” to us. How sweet should sound that name in our ears, and echo in our hearts. “Have you ever met Jesus?” Jesus! Jesus…

 

He forgave me. He forgave me. He called me to be a priest, to be a sister, or to marry this man, or this woman. He called me to be an altar boy… He gave meaning to my life. He answered my deepest questions, He gave me the hope of heaven, He told me who I am, where I come from and where I am to go. He showed me his love on the Cross, He loved me.

 

Have we ever met Jesus in that way? We should try. If we did, our lives would be different; our Christian life would not only be easier, but happier. Christian life is not about doing something else on Sunday, but about loving Someone else, or better said, about being loved by Someone else.

 

Let us meet him in our prayer, let us meet him in Church, let us meet him in the Bible, let us meet him in Confession, let us meet him in Communion, let us meet him in the sick and the poor we encounter, let us meet him in our children, in our husband, in our wife. Jesus wants to love us, let us open our hearts to him, let us meet him in the depth of our hearts.   –Fr. Andrew

 

 

 

Mary the Mother of God                       


http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/pictures/1_1_mary_jesus.jpgOn New Year's Day, the octave day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God. The divine and virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a singular salvific event: for Our Lady it was the foretaste and cause of her extraordinary glory; for us it is a source of grace and salvation because "through her we have received the Author of life".

The solemnity of 1 January, a Marian feast, presents an excellent opportunity for liturgical piety to encounter popular piety: the first celebrates this event in a manner proper to it; the second, when duly catechised, lends joy and happiness to the various expressions of praise offered to Our Lady on the birth of her divine Son, to deepen our understanding of many prayers, beginning with that which says: "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners."

On New Years Day  (January 1st In the West)  the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, our Lady's greatest title. This feast is the octave of Christmas. In the modern Roman Calendar only Christmas and Easter enjoy the privilege of an octave. Previously this day in the Roman Rite, was celebrated as the Solemnity of Circumcision of Our Lord.

"Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In this sense the Church's Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as the "Seat of Wisdom." — Catechism of the Catholic Church 721  -Pat Fleming