Thursday, 5 December 2013



                            Meanings of Christmas 

                                            Fr. Andrew Greeley, Woman’s Day, 12-22-81


"It might be easy to run away to a monastery,

away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle,

the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time.

Then we would have a holy Christmas.

But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation,

of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that

we who are followers of Jesus

do not run from the secular;

rather we try to transform it.

It is our mission

 to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas

just as the early Christians baptized 
the Christmas tree.

And we do this by being holy people—
kind, patient,

generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how

maddening is the Christmas rush…"

Moonless darkness 
stands between. 
Past, the Past, 
no more be seen! 
But the Bethlehem star 
may lead me 
To the sight of Him 
Who freed me 
From the self that I have been.
 Make me pure, Lord: 
Thou art Holy; Make me meek, Lord: 
Thou wert lowly; Now beginning, and always, 
Now begin, on Christmas day!!

  • Isaiah 9:2-7 
  • Psalm 96 
  • Titus 2:11-14 
  • Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

Isaiah 9:2-7
9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness 
on them light has shined....

9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; 
authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.
9:7 His authority shall grow continually, 
and there shall be endless peace for the 
throne of David and his kingdom. 
He will establish and uphold it with justice 
and with righteousness from this time 
onward and forevermore. 

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. 

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