Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, December 24, 2012

My Reflections for Tuesday December 25 Solemnity of the Lord’s Birth (Midnight Mass) Luke 2:1-14

Gospel:
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
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My Reflections:
How will we meet the birth of Jesus this midnight? Would we be on a gathering/reunion with our family and relatives? This is very good but let us keep this celebration simple and let us ensure also that there will be no wasted food.

The gospel intimates to us the very simple birth of Jesus, bereft of any sign of affluence. This must also be our guide when we celebrate our Christmas; let us make it as simple as possible. Let us also see to it that we make others happy most especially the poor by sharing what we have with them. If we do this they will see the person of Christ in us; the true meaning of Christmas will become a living reality for them through us.   

Let us also see to it that we attend the midnight Mass for this is the best way to usher the birth of Jesus. The true reason of the season which is the birth of our savior is often times overcrowded by our many celebrations. Thus our celebration becomes the center of our Christmas; Jesus is now put aside in favor of these many celebrations.

Our Responsorial Psalm which says: Today is born our savior Christ the Lord. Typifies that we must put more premium first on the birth of Jesus and not on our many celebrations. In our first reading the prophet Isaiah signified the importance of Jesus’ birth by saying that those who walked in darkness have seen a great light and those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. (Isaiah 9:1)

How can we see the true light of Jesus that will brighten our lives if we put first our celebrations in lieu of our presence in the Holy Mass tonight? How can we discover the true essence of Christ simple birth if we will waste food and not share what we have with the poor which Jesus always love to be identified with?

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