5. "Lo, I have come to do your will, O God" (Hebrews 10:7). In presenting the mystery of the Incarnation, the Letter to the Hebrews describes the attitude of the divine Word as he enters the world: "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me" (Hebrews 10:5). The true and perfect sacrifice, offered by Jesus to the Father, is that of full adherence to the plan of salvation. The total obedience to the Father that marks Jesus' earthly life from the very first instant will be definitively fulfilled in the mystery of Easter. Thus the paschal dimension is already present at Christmas. This is the beginning of Jesus' Redemption, which will be totally fulfilled by his Death and Resurrection.

 

May Mary, model of faith for all believers, help us prepare worthily to welcome the Lord who comes. Together with St Elizabeth we acknowledge the great things that the Lord accomplished in her. "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1:42). May Jesus, the blessed fruit of the Virgin Mary's womb, bless your families, the young people, the elderly, the sick and those who are alone. May he, who became a child to save mankind, bring everyone light, hope and joy.

Amen!

 

 

Acknowledgment: We thank the Vatican Publisher for allowing us to publish the Homily of Blessed Pope John Paul II, so that they could be accessed by more people all over the world; as a source of Godís encouragements to all of us.

22 December 2012

 

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24 December 2012

 

Extracted from the prophet Isaiah 9:1-7:

 

The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light;

 

on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.

 

You have made their gladness greater, you have made their joy increase;

 

they rejoice in your presence as men rejoice at harvest time,

 

as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils.

 

For the yoke that was weighing on him, the barb across his shoulders,

 

the rod of his oppressor, these you break as on the day of Midian.

For all the footgear of battle, every cloak rolled in blood,†

 

is burnt, and consumed by fire.

 

For there is a child born for us, a son given to us and dominion is laid on his shoulders;

 

and this is the name they give him:

 

Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God,

 

Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.

 

Wide is his dominion in a peace that has no end,

 

for the throne of David and for his royal power,

 

which he establishes and makes secure in justice and integrity.

 

From this time onwards and for ever, the jealous love of the Lord of Hosts will do this.

Psalm 96:

 

1 Sing a new song to Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!

 

2 Sing to Yahweh, bless his name! Proclaim his salvation day after day,

 

3 declare his glory among the nations, his marvels to every people!

 

4 Great is Yahweh, worthy of all praise, more awesome than any of the gods.

 

5 All the gods of the nations are idols! It was Yahweh who made the heavens;

 

6 in his presence are splendour and majesty, in his sanctuary power and beauty.

 

7 Give to Yahweh, families of nations, give to Yahweh glory and power,

 

8 give to Yahweh the glory due to his name! Bring an offering and enter his courts,

 

9 adore Yahweh in the splendour of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth.

 

10 Say among the nations, 'Yahweh is king.' The world is set firm, it cannot be moved. He will judge the nations with justice.

 

11 Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad! Let the sea thunder, and all it holds!

 

12 Let the countryside exult, and all that is in it, and all the trees of the forest cry out for joy,

 

13 at Yahweh's approach, for he is coming, coming to judge the earth; he will judge the world with saving justice, and the nations with constancy.

 

 

Extracted from the letter of Saint Paul to Titus 2:11-14

 

Godís grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race and taught us that what we have to do is to give up everything that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions;

 

we must be self-restrained and live good and religious lives here in this present world, while we are waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the Appearing of the glory of our great God and saviour Christ Jesus.

 

He sacrificed himself for us in order to set us free from all wickedness and to purify a people so that it could be his very own and would have no ambition except to do good.

 

Sharing:

 

The Readings for Midnight Mass for Christmas on 24 December 2012 would be as follows:

 

1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 (see above),

Responsorial: Psalm 96:1-3,11-13 (see above),

2nd Reading: Titus 2:11-14 (see above) &

Gospel Reading: Luke 2:1-14 (see Encouragements-37).

 

We have extracted the Homilies of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI based on the aforesaid Readings to share with you.

 

 

MIDNIGHT MASS

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER

Blessed John Paul II

Christmas, 24 December 2003

 

1. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given" (Isaiah 9:5).

 

The words of the Prophet Isaiah, proclaimed in the First Reading, contain the truth of Christmas, which together we re-live this night.

 

A Child is born. In appearance, just another of the worldís many children. A Child is born in a stable in Bethlehem. He is born in a condition of extreme deprivation: poor among the poor.

But the One who is born is "the Son" par excellence: Filius datus est nobis. This Child is the Son of God, of one being with the Father. Foretold by the Prophets, he was made man by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of a Virgin, Mary.

 

When, shortly, we shall sing in the Creed "... et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine et homo factus est," we shall all kneel. We shall meditate in silence on the mystery which is accomplished: "Et homo factus est!" The Son of God comes among us, and we receive him on our knees.

 

 

 

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Acknowledgment: We thank the Vatican Publisher for allowing us to publish the Homily of Blessed Pope John Paul II, so that they could be accessed by more people all over the world; as a source of Godís encouragements to all of us.