Your Sunday in the Christmas Octave 2019 Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it?

There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure.

For my part …

Also, I had at short notice the following Mass in the Novus Ordo, for Holy Family.

Here is the video of that.

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  1. Anneliese says:

    The homily consisted of parents and their children. However, the priest said something that kind of bugged me. [Remember that part – every week – about good points?] He said Christ didn’t automatically know everything about being human, he had to be taught by Mary and Joseph about the nature of his humanity. I know that Jesus had to be taught how to walk and to do certain chores, etc. But did he need to be taught about human nature in general? How much did Jesus know about his human and divine natures? How much could Mary and Joseph teach him? The Gospels say that Jesus spoke with authority. How could his parents teach him how to do that?

  2. egallaher says:

    Our NO priest on the Feast of the Holy Family addressed the faithful, “Are you single? Married with no children? This feast day is for you. We are all part of a family, as sons and daughters, perhaps brothers and sisters, and always brothers and sisters in Christ.” He then preached on the beautiful obedience of St. Joseph in his response to God’s instructions in caring for the Holy Child and His mother. Would that we all were so attentive and responsive to God’s Word, and we should pray for the grace to become ever more so.

  3. The Astronomer says:

    My Pastor, the Mighty Fr. Dan Hesko, here in NJ at the EF Mass today, made the point the he didn’t have a Merry Christmas, he’ve HAVING a Merry Christmas, since it is the Octave and does not come to an end because the next day Dec 26th the drug store has all the Valentine’s candy out.

  4. mikeinmo says:

    Novus Ordo Mass, with the Permanent Deacon Reading the Gospel and delivering the homily. It was the best homily I had ever heard from him.

    He talked about the family being the center of society. We must conform to God’s plan for us. We cannot follow what is popular, because popular things change with time. Something new will become popular. We must stand for God’s way, which never changes. He pointed out specific popular practices which are wrong–Birth control, abortion, killing of the old/weak because they are no longer “productive”, so called “same sex marriage”, embryonic stem cell research.

    Congregation was quiet and attentive……………

  5. KatieL56 says:

    I’ve just moved (new state, new parish) and so far our priest has been spot -on (Say the Black, Do the Red). He mentioned that we are still in the Octave of Christmas, spoke of the joy of the season, and spoke a lot about how we should not try to take away the humanity of the Holy Family. He said that people think of the Holy Family as having this perfect life and not being able to relate to normal ‘messy’ family life, but of how Joseph had to uproot the family and flee to Egypt, how Mary (and possibly Joseph) at the first preaching of Jesus at Nazareth when the ‘whole town got up intending to throw Him off the cliff’, must have suffered seeing the people who had known them and Jesus most of their lives turn away and reject Him, how Mary suffered seeing Her Son crucified, mocked, misunderstood, and how they did indeed understand the ‘messy’ things that can happen. He said that any family can be like the Holy Family if, when they are confronted with troubles, they do as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph did and say, “Your will, O Father, be done’.

  6. Matthew says:

    The importance of the family was stressed, and the priest even suggested all the young married couples have several children lest we end up like Japan, a prosperous country with few children to take over as the older folks pass away.

  7. Filiolus says:

    Anneliese said: “He said Christ didn’t automatically know everything about being human, he had to be taught by Mary and Joseph about the nature of his humanity. I know that Jesus had to be taught how to walk and to do certain chores, etc. But did he need to be taught about human nature in general? How much did Jesus know about his human and divine natures? How much could Mary and Joseph teach him?”

    Christ’s human intellect needed to develop just the same as any baby’s (though obviously much more perfectly and rapidly than any infantile intellect malformed on account of original sin). His human intellect wasn’t formed containing all knowledge, whether general or particular, within it. He had to learn… according to his human intellect. This is why St. Luke tells us that he “advanced in wisdom, age, and grace”.
    Of course Christ’s Divine Intellect could not advance in any of the three.
    The question of how Christ’s human and Divine intellects… [interacted?] is an interesting one, though. How much was his human intellect infused with knowledge by his Divine intellect? We can probably never know. However, his human intellect would certainly have had to learn in some way.

    Regarding the topic at hand, we heard a lovely sermon on the EF epistle (St. Paul to the Galatians), reminding us that “Abba” means something like “Daddy”, and that God intends for us to be heirs with Christ. Our pastor connected this epistle to St. John’s first epistle, where the Beloved Disciple calls his flock “little children” (filioli!), and encouraged us to make this idea of filial piety part of our daily prayer life. Of course, if I am God’s “filiolus”, so are the people around me; and how can I say I love God if I do not love his little children?

  8. Father had an awesome homily today. He was talking about the family unit and that God created man and woman to come together and form a family. Then he said “God created man and woman, not man and man or woman and woman.” I was so happy to hear him make that point. If it had been me I would have said, “God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve”.

  9. Charivari Rob says:

    Condensing it, Father spoke on how the seeds of all forms of vocations are shown in the lives of the Holy Family.

  10. Philmont237 says:

    Basic message was this: fathers are important and fathers should be as much like St. Joseph as possible.

  11. CaliCatholicGuy says:

    Visiting priest from Poland for OF mass today for Feast of the Holy Family so I was hoping it would be a good sermon, I was not disappointed! Many in the congregation said “Amen” at the end.

    Father spoke on the Holy Family and that no matter our station in life we need to look to the holy family as our model for the love between mother and son as how Our Lady loves us and how Joseph was a righteous man and trusted in God and protected his family just as Our Lord does for us when we trust in him. Father additionally preached on the massacre of the innocents by Herod celebrated on Saturday and said that just as Herod massacred the babies because he was afraid of being dethroned in his day, we currently have a society that tries to dethrone Jesus Christ now, whether in public or even by the wide spread taking of the Lord’s name in vain and that today every time our Lord is diminished it’s from the devil trying to control us and get us to say “oh Jesus isn’t that great, it’s about me.”

  12. BrionyB says:

    The (EF) Mass was that of St Thomas of Canterbury, bishop and martyr (which in England apparently takes precedence over the Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity), but the sermon was a pastoral letter from our bishop for the feast of the Holy Family. A little confusing!

    The letter focused on the importance of the family as the foundation of society, and how, when it is rooted in faith, it is the means by which God’s love is spread to the world. There was also a mention of those who have no family of their own, or have suffered from the effects of family breakdown and divorce, and a reminder that the Church is our family too: in Christ there are no orphans.

  13. JonPatrick says:

    We can look to the Holy Family as an example of what family life should be like. The family is under attack today. This goes back to the acceptance of Contraception, as Pope Paul spoke out against in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, all of the predictions he made there have become true.

  14. Kathleen10 says:

    Your sermon here was just excellent Fr. Z. This is perhaps our most pressing topic as the culture spins out of control, masculinity and femininity. Our culture could hardly be more messed up on this one topic. How quickly people abandoned science (XX = male, XY = female) and accepted fantasies and people’s personal wishes as reality.
    You made so many interesting points. No wonder Fr. Heilman was delighted. I hope he feels better!

  15. Imrahil says:

    Our EF-parochial-vicar started with the observation he heard in some mall: “good thing that Christmas is only once a year”. In so far as Christmas is coming along with a lot of preparation, stress, activity and so forth – even though much of that is of our own making – the sentiment is quite legitimate. However, if we go into more of depth then really every day is Christmas, because God comes to us every day, sacramentally and otherwise, and thus all in all, ‘good thing that Christmas is every day of the year’.

    (He somehow did not mention that in every Holy Mass in the EF, the Gospel of Christmas is read in fine.)

    He also mentioned something about the events “which we are going to celebrate on February 2nd, Candlemas”, which are narrated in the Gospel. But I fail to recall the connection.

    [An aside: Our Bibles usually mention in a footnote that in the phrase “a widow of eighty-four years”, the number could refer to absolute age as well as duration of widowhood, and tend to decide for the former. Be that as it may, she was very old.]

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