These twelve days we celebrate the second most important liturgical season: Christmas. The Emmanuel – “God with us” – has come to make His dwelling with us in our hearts, homes, and daily lives, to lift us up from darkness and suffering of our human experience into the splendor of His glorious light, love, and everlasting life.
This Monday, Jan. 1st, at the end of the Christmas Octave full of special feast days, comes a Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God; this is a day of Mass obligation. It also marks the beginning of our civic year calendar, and the Church reminds us that it was Mary who was instrumental in ushering the Messiah into our world through her full cooperation with God’s will. One of the dimensions of Christmas is the Incarnation, where God took the human form in the body and soul of Jesus and elevated it to the level of Divinity through Jesus’ resurrection. We continue to build up the Mystical Body of Christ by becoming His hands, feet, mouths, and hearts, as we serve the people in need. All the saints, including St. Faustina, did it, and we are proud to follow their example by serving the needy through the Faustina’s Gate food pantry ministry at our parish, as well as many other ministries.
On behalf of Msgr. Leo McCarthy and I, we offer our deep gratitude to all who have sent Christmas gifts, cookies, and cards to the rectory. Thank you very much. Know that we both keep you in our daily prayers.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!