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
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
Mother of God
On 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".
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."
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.
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