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Homily The true meaning of Christmas not simply about how we celebrate Christmas, but more importantly how we respond to our saviour. We should respond to our saviour and look to our Holy Family for help and inspiration.
Homily I think we all want to do our part in reminding others the true meaning of Christmas. Unto us is born this day a Saviour, Christ the Lord. We need to look for opportunities to do so. John the Baptist witnessed by his life and used words to testify to Jesus the light so that others might believe. This is a good definition of evangelization. We try to live as Christian but to also give testimony though our words to Jesus our Saviour. John the Baptist was doing such a good job of it that others thought he was the Messiah.
Homily What is He trying to say to me? And what is He trying to say to you? Why did He come at all? Why did we need Jesus? Why do we still need Him? Well, for one thing, Jesus came to deal with our sins. We were cut off from God because of sin. And Jesus who took on flesh, offered Himself for us. He died on the cross, and rose again. And our sins are washed away in His blood. He offers us forgiveness. He offers us mercy. He offers us love. He simply asks us for our response. Will we accept His offer? It doesn’t matter what we have done.
In addition to Boxing Day, and the day good King Wenceslaus went out, it is the feast of St Stephen. I hope all your snow is neat and crisp and even. For my part I was content with 50 and … Continue reading →
On a Christmas like no other, Pope Francis prayed for people who could not be with their families because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he urged everyone to recognize and help those who are suffering even more.
From inside the Hall of Blessings – a long, gold-hued room above the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica lined on the east with enormous windows and balconies facing St. Peter’s Square – Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message and his blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).
As announced by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, the solemn blessing included a plenary indulgence for everyone watching on television, listening by radio or following by computer.