Rejoice & Be Glad!

JOY TO THE WORLD; THE LORD IS COME! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing. He rules the world with truth and grace! (Lyrics from Joy to the World)

Today, we truly rejoice as we celebrate the birth of our Savior from the Virgin Mary in the town of Bethlehem, the “House of Bread.” He, who is the Bread of Life, the Bread come down from Heaven, humbled himself and came to save us as one of us. Jesus is the Sacrificial, Unblemished Lamb who takes away the sins of the world; blessed are we who are called to his table. Blessed are we who have received His grace, we who live in faith and in the light of his love. Jesus Christ is the light, the true light that came into the world, dispelling all darkness, enlightening the People of God! Jesus Christ, the New Adam, perfected Salvation History, and began a New Reign in the Kingdom of God. We have been called to receive this child, the Word of God, who humbled himself, to be one with us, now in this life, and eternally in the life to come.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. … The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, th3 glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. … From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.” (NAB, JN 1:1-18)

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father, we worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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Glory to God

Today’s Gospel (LK 14:7-11) tells us not to seek places of honor for ourselves, not to exalt ourselves over others; rather, we are to remain humble. We all desire to be liked. We are social people, after all, but the problem arises when we think of ourselves as better than others and that we are more deserving of esteem and recognition.

It is so easy for us to fall into the trap of seeing what is good in our lives as “ours.” The truth is, that what we have and appreciate as good, our various talents, wholesome desires, and innate abilities, all comes from God. We did not give ourselves our DNA; we did not choose our parents, where we grew up, and under what circumstances we were raised; we did not orchestrate most of what has happened in our lives; and we were not the ones who wrote the desires, motivations, and passions on our heart that drive us to strive for holiness. We are mere inheritors of these gifts.

We are recipients of God’s grace, mercy, and love. Thus, it is God, and God alone who deserves honor for what others may rightly understand as “good” in our world, and we should remain humble, knowing ourselves as genuine cooperators with the Divine. May our lives always give glory to God, the Almighty and Supreme creator of all that is good.