Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:23

Beloved, let us join the Angels and the shepherds to celebrate the miracle of Christmas. Indeed, the birth of our Redeemer is worth celebrating, for it is a season of Joy, it is a new dawn of hope for humanity. Today’s celebration has both a spiritual and social dimensions, however the evil forces of secularism (indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations) and Hedonism (pleasure-seeking) have diminished the meaning of Christmas and turn it into a mere social activity at the detriment of its spiritual essence. Dear friends, Christmas is beyond eating, drinking and catching fun, it is a moment of grace being made manifest, not a time for sin and immorality. It is a time to celebrate and unite ourselves more with Jesus-the God-Made-Man, and not a time to drive Jesus further away from us by the sins we commit even on that day.

The moment God took flesh; He became one with us in a most profound way than ever before. Jesus took on the form of a person in order to forever bring together the spiritual and physical—to bridge the gap sin had created. As we celebrate this miracle of God’s unique human connection (presence) with us, let us be conscious of His presence, so that through this celebration we may draw closer to Jesus. As you celebrate His presence with us today, remember the hungry and the thirsty, the strangers, the naked, the sick and the prisoners around you for “Truly I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” -Matthew 25: 40

MASS: WHITE: Vigil: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98: 1-2-3cd-4. 5-6(R.3cd)Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 (Or shorter form) Jn 1:1-5.9-14 THE NATIVITY OF THELORD (SOLEMNITY)

Prayer points:

1. That as Mary had her encounter with God – every strategic distraction in the form of worldly entertainment, curious environmental demonic disruptions, disappointments, offenses, and strong seductions designed to cause many to forgo the truth or miss their encounters with God in this season will fail in their assignment in the name of Jesus

2. That shouts of Hallelujah and loud songs of rejoicing, praise and thanksgiving will echo all over the world – as peaceful and joyful celebrations replace and cancel every other agenda to cause sorrows, pain through deaths, national disasters, terrorism, floods and accidents/crashes. Even as the Blood of Jesus flows now and render every weapon fashioned against Christians all over the world, impotent – especially at this season of remembering the birth of Christ in the name of Jesus

3. That the Holy Spirit will inspire us to recognize thoughtful ways to express God’s love to those without hope during this season and always in the name of Jesus.

4. May the grace of the new born Child usher all into 2018, the year of abundance in Christ in Jesus name. Amen.

Exercise: Remember the poor in your Christmas celebration

Meditation: Isaiah 9:6