Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
During the Day
Silent Night

December 25, 2014 Cycle B
by Rev. Jose Maria Cortes, F.S.C.E.

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n the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The night when Jesus was born, there was a great silence, a silence pregnant with meaning, pervading the earth with its mystery. There was silence and there was light, the clearest light ever seen. No star could equal it in brightness. This light was different, so bright and yet so soft, the sweetest of lights!

In the silence of that night, only a few heard the message and saw with unprecedented clarity: first Mary and Joseph, and then the shepherds. In the silence of that night, they were pervaded by the light shining from the newborn. Their hearts were filled with infinite tenderness and joy.

When we contemplate Jesusí birth, we learn how the Divine communicates with us. God comes down from Heaven to Earth in the simplest and most discreet way. Only those of humble and simple heart are able to recognize the signs of his coming.

We need to love the silence. We need to be vigilant in order to be surprised by the signs of his coming. It is unworthy to celebrate Christmas if it does not rouse us from everyday distractions and superficiality.

Let us pray that the celebration of Christmas will be a season to reencounter God, who is visiting us. May we have the grace of being surprised once again by the eternal novelty of Christmas. May the silent light of the night when Jesus was born reach each one of us.

I wish you a Merry Christmas!  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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