Holy Family (December 30, 2016)

What was it like to live with Jesus as he “grew in size and strength, filled with wisdom and grace?” We don’t know much about how the Holy Family lived, and yet the Church encourages us to live as they did. It would be easy to say, “I’m not able to be Jesus, or Mary, or Joseph.” The truth is: we are able to be like Jesus. We are baptized and we share the life of Jesus by grace. If we remember each day who we are by our baptism and ask God for the grace we need for the day and accept it, then we can live like the Holy Family.

Midnight Mass: Christmas (December 25, 2016)

We have just heard the most important message we can ever hear. In the familiar story of the birth of Jesus, our God is telling us how much he loves us. It’s easy to get caught up in the scene we heard Luke paint for us. We wonder: God’s own Son has chosen to come among us as a tiny infant. We see his Mother binding him up in swaddling clothes and putting him in an animal-feeding trough.