The Octave of Christmas
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
Merry Christmas! This Sunday, the Sunday during the Octave of Christmas, we celebrate the Holy Family ofJesus, Mary and Joseph. We are invited to continue our Christmas meditations on the great love shown to us by our Savior, Jesus Christ, in coming to as the
Word made flesh.
I have found that one the best ways to do this is to explore what the saints before us have
written about their meditations on Christmas. This week I share with you a few quotes from the saints:
“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” St. Augustine
“He was a baby and a child, so that you may be a perfect man. He was wrapped in saddling cloths so that you be freed from the snares of death. He was in a manger so that you may be in the altar. He was on earth that you may be in the stars. He had no other place in the inn so that you may have many mansions in the heavens. “He, being rich, became poor for your sakes that through His poverty you might be rich”. (2 Cor
8:9) Therefore His poverty is our inheritance, and the Lord’s weakness is our virtue. He chose to lack for Himself that He may abound for all. The sobs of that appalling infancy cleanse me, those tears wash away my sins. Therefore, Lord Jesus, I owe more to your sufferings because I was redeemed than I do to works for which I was created…. You see that He is in swaddling clothes. You do not see that He is in heaven. You hear the cries of an infant, but you do not hear the lowing of an ox recognizing its Master, for the ox knows his Owner and the donkey his Master’s crib.” [Exposition of the Gospel of Luke 2.41-42]
St. Ambrose of Milan
“Hail Lady, Holy Queen, Holy Mary Theotokos, who are the Virgin made church · and the one chosen by the Most Holy Father of Heaven, whom He consecrated with His Most Holy Beloved Son and with the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; · in whom there was and is all fullness of grace and every good. · Hail His Palace; Hail His Tabernacle; Hail His Home. · Hail His Vestment; Hail His Handmaid; Hail His Mother · and hail all you holy virtues, which through the grace and illumination of the Holy Spirit are infused into the hearts of the faithful, so that from those unfaithful you make them faithful to God.” St. Francis of Assisi
Through the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may the blessing our Heavenly Father come upon our parishes and all our parishioners to give us new life, open to God’s will, love and teachings in all things!
In Christ through Mary, Fr. Kasel