The Prologue of the Gospel of John offers a beautiful, mystical reflection on the person of Jesus Christ. The Lord, who is the Word made flesh, is the light of the world who shines in the darkness. May we run to this light!
The First Letter of John offers us a crucial spiritual insight about our relationship with the Lord and one another. May our desire to follow Jesus Christ inspire us to continue to walk in his light as we love one another.
Herod’s murder of the baby boys in Bethlehem reveals the senseless violence of our darkened world. This evil, and all the forms it embodies, is overcome by the baby laid in a manger…the Christ who breaks the bonds of sin and death by his victory on the Cross.
The Church celebrates the martyrdom of St. Stephen immediately after Christmas, in no small way to remind us that the child we worship in the manger will grow to offer his life for the salvation of the world. May Stephen’s example inspire us today to live our lives for the Lord.
Merry Christmas! Depending on the Mass you attend, there are four different sets of readings. Yet as we ponder God’s love for our fallen world, may the hope in our hearts burst forth as we proclaim the Good News with tidings of glad joy: today is born our savior, Christ the Lord!