Tuesday, December 20, 2005


It is said that Christmas is a time for giving. In a limited sense, this is true. However, in the eyes of Almighty God, Christmas is a time of receiving. Yes! Receiving! With the birth of our Divine Savior, we receive God’s gift of mercy, forgiveness and redemption, through Jesus Christ Our Lord!
"Yes, Saint John tells us, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life." These inspired words of Saint John give us the true reason that there is "joy to the world." God loves you! God loves you in a personal and unique way. It is as though you and you alone are in His Heart. It is just that that simple.

God "gave" the world His Son, Saint John says. There is a twofold meaning to this word gave in the mind of the Beloved Disciple. The first meaning is the, Incarnation. Think of it! For love of us, each of us, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity took on human flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary! God "gave" His Son for you and me! Christmas is for each of us, individually! Our Blessed Lord did not come to us bursting through the clouds in might and glory. That would have terrified us. Rather, He came to us in a way with which we can all identify. He came to us in the same way that you and I came into the world. Jesus Christ was born a humble Babe in the arms of His mother.

The second meaning of the word gave is the, Redemption. The reason that God became man, the reason that Jesus was born was so that "whoever believes in Him may not perish." Jesus Christ was born to die! Calvary! The Cross! The Redemption! Jesus was born, suffered and died to make atonement to the Heavenly Father for the sins of the world, your sins and mine and the sins of every person that ever walked the face of the earth. The cause of our joy is that God became Man and died on the Cross so that we might have eternal life.

Joy to the world! Yes! Let us repeat this Christmas refrain over and over again in an increasingly joyless world! As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, may our joy radiate out to the whole world.

May all of us receive God’s gift of the peace of Christ this Christmas. May the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless our families and make them holy. May Our Blessed Mother, bless you and lead you to her divine Son. May Saint Joseph, the Protector of the Holy Family, protect our families. JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH! PRAY FOR US! You will be in my prayers at every Mass. Amen!

Father Richard J. Rego, Christmas, 2005


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