It is snowing outside this beautiful morning. Even my teenagers were up at 7 a.m. I placed this miracle on the calendar. Mass was great with the super music. Our parish is blessed with an enthusiastic music ministry director. I pray all have a nice day, and a great year to come. The Christmas Season has just started, and will continue till January tenth.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JESUS!
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Every ten seconds, somewhere on this earth, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. (NAB Lk 2:16-20)
These verses are from the Mass at Dawn for Christmas Day. The shepherd’s, and all others present were amazed, joyous, excited, and possibly even bewildered to some extent at what the angels have told them, and for the future of their Jewish race. Though the shepherd’s were illiterate and outcasts; they were probably devout in the Jewish religion, and knew what ‘savior’ and ‘messiah’ meant when said by the angels appearing to them.
The shepherd’s ran to town, and to anyone willing to listen,telling others of what happened to them, and about the birth of a baby that would be king over the entire world. I wonder how many took these shepherd’s, dressed in rags, seriously? Were they mocked and ridiculed, as Jesus will be later in life? Were the temple priests ‘in the know’ of what happened in a cave in their town; and were they concerned?
No one present that day fully understand what is happening with Jesus’ birth. Even 2000 years later, it is still impossible to fully understand all the ramifications and surprises in store for us through Jesus’ birth in that cold, dank cave. God joined mankind in a human birth, so we can join him in His deaths; and eventual rising to eternal life in eternal paradise with the Lord..
Mary’s journey of faith, reflection, and glorifying of God is a model for our behavior. We need to take Jesus into our hearts, minds, and bodies. We need to die to Him, and allow His Holy Spirit to work through us.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #25:
Regarding expenses necessary for the life of the fraternity and the needs of worship, of the apostolate, and of charity, all the brothers and sisters should offer a contribution according to their means. Local fraternities should contribute toward the expenses of the higher fraternity councils.