The People Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

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Teresa Tomeo on Dec 25, 2012
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Nativity-with-the-torch        The First Reading for Midnight Mass is from the 9th Chapter of the Prophet Isaiah and worthy of some deep reflection before heading to church this Christmas.   This speaks to me of my own many years in darkness away from the Catholic Church and far away from Jesus. Maybe you’re one of those blessed folks who always had a strong faith and never wavered.  I wish I could say the same thing, but that is simply not the case.  The good news is that we have the Good News, and God is always there ready to redeem and allow yet another U turn!

 

        So while you’re wrapping gifts for your friends and family remember, the best gift we ever received whether at Christmas or another time of the year is the gift of faith and it is a gift.  It takes us from the darkness of our sin and into the light of Christ; the light of truth and real joy.  Because it is a gift it must be as freely accepted as it is given. Jesus does not force Himself on us but stands at the door knocking.  We must open the door and allow Him to enter.  Only then will He come and dine with us as we learn in Revelation 3:20.   This is an effort we must make every day in this pilgrim journey of life.  We must keep inviting Him in repeatedly to renew and strengthen that relationship.  My prayer for you this Christmas is to open that door even wider.  Blessed John Paul the Second reminded us so often to “be not afraid and open wide the door to Christ.”  What a perfect season to kick open the doors, the windows, and any area of our lives that we have kept closed and away from the light.  What a present to Jesus as we continue in this Year of Faith to truly be able to say “Come Lord Jesus.”

 

        My gift for you is a list of selected writings from two of my favorite Catholic teachers, our Holy Father Pope Benedict and Archbishop Charles Chaput from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   I know that in many ways we are in mourning.  We grieve for the lives lost recently in Newton, Connecticut.  We as believers also grieve for the many losses we suffered in one of the most contentious national elections.  Hopefully these writings will help you reflect further on the light of Christ and His truth as revealed in the one, holy, and apostolic Catholic faith. God is still on His throne.  The Church is still the Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 

 

        I also leave with you a beautiful poem written by a Pennsylvania resident in honor of the children who were killed in Newtown.  Remember as it says in this poem, despite all the darkness, Jesus is still the Light.  Remember that when you look at the star on your tree and the lights that illuminate the winter sky this Christmas.  He is and shall be forever Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Forever-Father, and Prince of Peace.

 

        Merry Christmas.  God bless us everyone. 

 

Pope’s Message for the 46th World Day of Peace

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column Christmas and the Reason for Our Joy

Poem for the Children of Newtown