Pastor’s Reflection for December 20, 2015
This week we celebrate the birth of Jesus. God loved the world so much that He gave us His only begotten Son. Jesus took on our human nature to save us from our sins. The baby with outstretched arms will have those arms outstretched on a cross. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. As the blood of the Lamb saved the Hebrew people from the angel of death when they were slaves in Egypt and Moses led them out of Egypt on their journey to the Promised Land, the blood of the Lamb of God on the wood of the cross will save us from eternal death. Simply put, Jesus gives us the hope of eternal life. If we follow in His ways by loving God and our neighbor, heaven will be ours as a gift that Jesus purchased by dying for our sins.
There are many lessons that we can learn as we read of the birth of Jesus. For many, there will again be no room for Jesus. This time it will not be an inn but our hearts. Jesus wants to be born anew into our lives. He wants to be our primary relationship for that is the reason for our creation but many will be too busy celebrating a holiday and not a holy day.
They laid Him in a manger. It was a place where the animals would feed. Jesus teaches us that He came to feed us. As God fed the Hebrew people with manna in the desert, He feeds His people today with the body and blood of Jesus. The Lord tells us that unless we eat His body and drink His blood, we have no life in us. If we do not receive Eucharist, we are in disobedience to the Lord’s command to take and eat and to take and drink. In a way, we resemble our first parents when they disobeyed God who in the garden told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge. He said don’t eat, they ate. Now He says, come and eat and sadly, many do not. May this be a time to make Mass a priority in our lives and weekly eat of the bread that comes down from heaven. When you see Jesus in the manger, hear Him say, I came to feed you with my very flesh and blood. What a gift!
We know that we will see many of our brothers and sisters that have been absent from our community. May we welcome them at our Christmas celebrations. For your family members that may belong to that group, invite them to consider joining you in worship every week. Invite them to nourish their spirits with a renewed commitment to have Jesus to be an important person in their life. Let them know – No Jesus, No Peace. Know Jesus, Know Peace.
I wish to thank McDonald Funeral Home for their generosity in providing the calendars to the parish.
The Christmas collection is to support the retirement and health needs of the priests of the Archdiocese. I thank you in advance for your generosity.
I will be available for confession on Monday, December 21, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, December 23, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
God love you,