CFN – “The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light.” Alexandria- Cornwall Bishop Marcel Damphousse, in his Christmas homily, spoke of how the people of God are attracted by His light and called to walk in the light. He reminds us that God speaks to us in the midst of the ordinary circumstances of life. Much like God chose a stable in the tiny, humble Bethlehem to enter our circumstances some 2,000 years ago, He does indeed speak to us ordinary people in our everyday situation yet today. The clip below contains his homily delivered at St. Columban Parish at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.
Pope John Benedict XVI, in his annual Christmas message declared: “If we believe”. Here we see the power of faith! God has done everything; he has done the impossible: he was made flesh. His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite has become a child, has entered the human family. And yet, this same God cannot enter my heart unless I open the door to him. Porta fidei! The door of faith!
In her 2012 Christmas message, Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, reminds us: “This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only Son to serve, not to be served. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer this Christmas Day that his example and teaching will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others.”
A friend sent me a link to the following short clip that so eloquently summarizes why God so graciously sent His only Son to Earth and how we wouldn’t be expecting that!
And for those who’d prefer a less condensed version, enjoy The Nativity Story courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Courtesy of Brennus Productions, for your musical enjoyment:
Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
A very Merry Christmas, friends!
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