Were there any good points in the sermons that you heard for your Sunday and for your Christmas Masses of obligation?
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Yesterday, at Midnight Mass I spoke about what “good will” means in the angels proclamation of good news to the shepherds. Whose “good will”? And what “good will” involves. It involves, among other things, such an orientation to God and His will that we hasten to see wonders, as they did, as Mary did to Elizabeth, and how we can hasten to see wonders in others and perform good works when they are need, for the circumstance that require good works are manifestations of God with us as well. This is the basis of salvation and joy.
This morning I spoke about how the three Masses of Christmas reveals the Sons birth in eternity (in still darkness), in time (at dawn), and in our hearts (in the full light of day). When the perfect image of the invisible God was born, He immediately set about saving us from our sins and teaching us who we are, at first in vulnerability. I suggested contemplating in home nativity scenes or in church the soft little hands of the Infant, which were, even as they reached out, already strong enough to bear the sins of the whole world. One of the things that makes this feast so moving is precisely His vulnerability. His tiny hands are already mighty enough to smash through barriers pride and touch hearts that are scarred from circumstances or from sin.
And, we had the 2nd Mass this morning, Lux fulgebit, which not many people get to hear.