So much of contemporary Christmas celebrations has little or nothing to with commemorating the birth of the Savior of the world, In fact, depictions of that great event have been banned from more than a few public venues.
This should not come as a surprise to a nation whose highest court, among other things, has banned prayer in its public schools, allowed the murder of innocent life in the womb, and “redefined” marriage.
As people of faith, we know that no court on earth has the power to do any of these things. That truth has not, and will not, prevent them from trying to force compliance with laws that run contrary to God’s and to punish those who refuse to yield to their directions. Each of us will have to choose whom we will obey – God or man.
Difficult times, no doubt, lie ahead for those of faith and for our nation - very difficult times.
Only through the power of the Eucharist may any of us hope to weather the storm and persevere in the Faith.
How blessed are those parishes which have chapels of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration – whose parishioners are able to visit our Lord twenty-four hours a day. This Gift is possible only through the great sacrifices and loving commitment of so many souls who give of their time to keep our Lord company.
What greater present could we ever receive than to know that the infant Savior in the manger, the Jesus who walked among us teaching and healing, the Lord who was brutally tortured, crucified and killed and who rose from the dead is the very same Jesus who is placed on our tongues and who remains here with us hidden behind the Sacred Host encased in a monstrance – and we, simple sinful folk, are privileged to be in His Presence!
May the joy of this holy Season penetrate every heart, especially those suffering from the loss of loved ones.
May each of you know what a great gift and consolation your presence at Adoration each week is to a God who loves each of us beyond our comprehension.
May His healing, peaceful and protective love flow all over you - every day of your life, in good times and trying ones.
Merry Christmas and God bless you!