It 25th December 2018. We celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, the Christmas. The entrance antiphon praises, “Let us all rejoice in the Lord, for our Saviour has been born in the world. Today true peace has come down to us from Heaven. The readings are from Isaiah 62:11-12; the second reading is from Titus 3:4-7; and the Gospel from Luke 2:15-20. The Catechism so firmly teaches us: “The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal and the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible. The angels and shepherds praise him. And the magi advance with the star, for you are born for us, Little Child, God eternal.” (CCC 525). The first reading announces the birth of Messiah for us. God wants to redeem God’s people in and through God’s way using the human channels. We all need the Saviour our Lord in our lives. As long as we all feel the need of the Saviour, we will not be able to make merry and be joyful celebrations. The prophet Isaiah assures today that we have the Saviour, who has been born for us. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.” (Ps.97:12). We are taught in the second reading today that we are saved not by anything of our own merits but the mercy of God. “Because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Ti:3:5). All the more strongly we are instructed in the Catechism (CCC458): “The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God’s love: in this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” The Gospel passage invites us all to the manger of the Lord to worship our Saviour and Lord. It is not enough we show up but we must live up to what we have witnessed and seen in the little child. It is the moment of our birth of our salvation. Let us worship Him who alone deserves our honour and worship all through all lives. May we also like our Mother Mary ponder the incarnation and all that is related with the birth of our Lord in our hearts. May our life song glorify and praise God like that of the shepherds. Let us meet the little Babe from Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph. Let us recite always JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH all through this day. Wishing you a all a blessed and joyful Christmas. Prayed for you in the Christ Mass. Have a joyful day all through.

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