THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD Solemnity
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First Reading: Isaiah 9: 1-6
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. (6)
On this the holiest of all holy nights when God came to live among us as human, we adore the divine Babe. He was not only born two thousand years ago in a humble manger but HE is also born in our hearts today. Take a look at the innocent and vulnerable face of God, nestled deep in the confines of our humble and repentant hearts. HE is Born, King and Master of All. He is Peace and Counsel, He brings peace and wisdom to our hearts.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96: 1-3, 11-13
Let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. (12-13)
May the carols rise from our hearts as we sing through our lips. Amen!
Second Reading: Titus 2: 11-14
Training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly. (12)
When Christ is truly born in our hearts, we will aspire to live lives described in the above verses. We will live a self-controlled, upright, and godly life through our actions. We will proclaim by our lips and reinforce the words through our deeds. We await the second coming of the Lord in eager anticipation.
We must remember: “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” 2Tim 1:7
Gospel: Luke 2: 1-14
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (13-14)
Listen! In the quietness of our hearts, we can hear the angelic voices sweetly heralding the Savior’s birth. If we were watchful of our sheep by night, we wouldn’t miss the divine invitation. Therefore, we must pray at all times in the spirit and be watchful! Praying in the spirit at all times (Eph 6:18) is possible through praying in tongues! We learn about praying in tongues and its importance in 1 Cor 14. We must desire and ask for this special gift.
I wish this Christmas that every true Christian receives the gift of tongues.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
The King is born in our hearts today. Happy Christmas Everyone!