Friday, December 25, 2009

Homily of Pope Benedict XVI for Midnight Mass

The pope's homily for Midnight Mass this year is spectacular. It is "a message that cannot leave us indifferent."

Here is a taste:
  • Dear Brothers and Sisters!

    “A child is born for us, a son is given to us” (Is 9:5). What Isaiah prophesied as he gazed into the future from afar, consoling Israel amid its trials and its darkness, is now proclaimed to the shepherds as a present reality by the Angel, from whom a cloud of light streams forth: “To you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:11). The Lord is here. From this moment, God is truly “God with us”. No longer is he the distant God who can in some way be perceived from afar, in creation and in our own consciousness. He has entered the world. He is close to us. The words of the risen Christ to his followers are addressed also to us: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20). For you the Saviour is born: through the Gospel and those who proclaim it, God now reminds us of the message that the Angel announced to the shepherds. It is a message that cannot leave us indifferent. If it is true, it changes everything. If it is true, it also affects me. Like the shepherds, then, I too must say: Come on, I want to go to Bethlehem to see the Word that has occurred there. The story of the shepherds is included in the Gospel for a reason. They show us the right way to respond to the message that we too have received. What is it that these first witnesses of God’s incarnation have to tell us?

You can read the rest of his homily here. On that page there is also a link to a video of the homily.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

1 comment:

Carnival said...

That certainly is a wonderful message that the pope gave. Thanks for posting it! A lot of times we forget that the characters in the bible especially in miraculous stories like that of Jesus' birth are people like you and me. Because of this we can achieve what they achieved and more. We must continue to listen to Jesus and what He has to tell us like the shepherds did 2,000 years ago.

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