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Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord

This Christmas we need to focus on the greatest reality there is - that God loves us so much that He gave us His only Son to free us from our sins! We need to be grateful for His love and respond to His love; and the best way to do that is by surrendering our life completely to Him, as He surrendered Himself completely to us. How do we do this?

By putting Him first in our daily lives. This means that we build our day around Him. We need to give Him quality time in our prayer life. As we meditate on His birth and see Mary holding her divine Child in her arms we can think of her saying, "Would you like to hold Him?" Then she hands Jesus to you and you hold the God of the Universe in your arms. But we do not just stop there – we realise every day we can hold Jesus in our arms when we receive Him in the Eucharist! Contemplate for a moment that fact that Jesus, Who is God and Who the Universe cannot even begin to contain, became a little baby for us 2,000 years ago and continues this humility in the Eucharist now. What a gift He has given to us! How very blessed we are!

I also realize and appreciate that there are some people who think of Christmas as a hard time. Yes, you may be experiencing loneliness or illness, or you may be in sorrow because you have lost someone dear. You need to know that you are never alone! Jesus became one of us so that He could be near us! There is never a time when you need to feel that no one cares or that you have to struggle alone – your are loved! This is the true message of Christmas and it should give us hope in times of darkness. Remember that no matter how dark the darkness is - it can never conquer the Light! If you are in doubt go into a dark room and strike a match or light a candle and watch just how the darkness flees from the power of even a simple illumination. Jesus is THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD and He is inside of YOU! That is Truth. Cling to this Truth, and know His power!

Let us pray for each other this Christmas Day and accept the love of the Christ Child and of Our Father who gave Him to us - our best Christmas present and we thank you Mary and Joseph for the part you played in bringing Jesus to our world.

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