Selected Homilies, 2006–2007, Cycle-C

Christmas 2005


O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, it is the night of the dear savior’s birth.

Of all the beautiful Christmas carols, this one has always been my favorite. It was always the one that I would wait to hear my Father sing. I can still hear his powerful voice proclaiming the wonder of this night. I wait to hear it at St. Ignatius each year with Michelle Abadia’s angelic voice, heralding the good tidings of great joy. It is also the carol that was my first piece of Christmas Choreography in the fifth grade when I insisted that all the kids in the Christmas pageant in our class “fall on their knees” when it came to those words in the song. (Now I would probably say, please remain standing)

Long lay the world in sin and error pining till he appeared and the soul felt it’s worth

Yes, this holy night tells us something about our worth, how precious we are in God’s eyes. Remarkable, yes. God loving us so much that God desires to be one with us, to be born in flesh and blood, the timeless One now in time. Just in time. And whether the birth was in a manger, a stable, a cave, or some other simple dwelling, does it really make a difference? Just being born into this world, just simply dwelling with us is enough.  Just knowing the joy of love and friendship, as we do and experiencing the pain and loss of a loved one, as we do is enough.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

It is a weary world, we are all weary of war, of violence of all sorts. We are weary of poverty and injustice that dehumanizes, that robs the human family of it’s dignity. We are weary of illness and disease that compromises the well-being of the human community. We are weary of death that takes away our loved ones without warning.

But there is that thrill of hope, that midnight expectation of  a “new and glorious morn”. Our faith tells us that God is working in our weary world and in weary hearts. Our faith this night tells us that there is the possibility of new birth and new life, breaking in to give us the strength and the resilience to love without cost.

So fall on your knees, hear the angels’ voice, And what are the angel’s voices you hear on this Holy Night?  What are the glad tidings of great joy that thrill you with hope and make your weary hearts rejoice? Listen, just listen.

Christmas Quiz

The most wonderful thing about Christmas is

  1. all the presents you get
  2. all the presents you get for the people you love
  3. all the presents you get and share with your family and friends
  4. all of the above

The most wonderful time of Christmas is

  1. when you get to open all your presents
  2. when you sit down for Christmas dinner with family and friends
  3. when you go to Christmas Mass with so many good people
  4. all of the above

The most wonderful story of Christmas is

  1. Mary and Joseph journeying to Bethlehem
  2. the angels appearing to the shepherds in the fields
  3. the birth of Jesus in the manger
  4. all of the above

The most wonderful gift you receive at Christmas is

  1. God’s love for you in Jesus Christ
  2. God’s love for you in your family
  3. God’s love for you in your church family
  4. All of the above

Christmas is about all of the above. Christmas is about all of the love that makes this time the most wonderful time of the year.




Copyright © 2007 St. Ignatius.