Reading past homilies of past Christmases is my source of inspiration for meditation every Christmas from dawn masses to the end of the season. I will recap it now since today, January 6, is the last day of Christmas to most Catholics in Bulusan. One of my favorites is the 2007 Christmas homily by Pope Benedict which partly reads:
“The message of Christmas makes us recognize the darkness of a closed world, and thereby no doubt illustrates a reality that we see daily. Yet it also tells us that God does not allow himself to be shut out. He finds a space, even if it means entering through the stable; there are people who see his light and pass it on. Through the word of the Gospel, the angel also speaks to us, and in the sacred liturgy the light of the Redeemer enters our lives. Whether we are shepherds or “wise men” – the light and its message call us to set out, to leave the narrow circle of our desires and interests, to go out to meet the Lord and worship him. We worship him by opening the world to truth, to good, to Christ, to the service of those who are marginalized and in whom he awaits us.”
Merry Christmas and Happy Three Kings Day!
(Image : Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 17th century from Wikimedia commons).