Good News for Christmas Eve

24 12 2010

Luke 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.

And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

The Daily Path: “Let us go then to see this thing that has taken place.”

In this passage we hear how God has once again spoken to common men like you and me, inspiring them to witness His love and mercy. Then, when they have seen, they are again inspired to go out to share it among all they come in contact with.

Friends, we’ve been called to witness the miracle of God in our lives. Some of us have just had an inkling while others have opened their eyes fully to be truly transformed by the experience. Tonight, as we begin to come together as family and friends to celebrate the birth of the Savior, let us be like the shepherds that first holy night. Tonight we see the miracle of the Child who a benevolent and loving father sent to us. And now, filled with that grace we are called to go forth and live the miracle everyday of the year.

Thank you for all of your notes, prayers and support in 2010. You’ve made such a difference in my life. Truly, God has brought the miracle of you into my life.

I wish each of you a Blessed Christmas filled with His Peace!

Natalis! – Good News for December 24

24 12 2009

On this most holy of nights, remember the little family huddled in a cave. A husband doing his very best to care for his wife who was soon to become the mother of a blessed child.

That’s all God asks of us. Do our very best to love and care for others, and in doing so… love and honor Him.

I pray that each of you will find great peace in your hearts tonight and that His love will hold you close.

My dear friends, have a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

Noel. Noel. The Savior is born.

Silent Night, Holy Night – Good News for December 4

4 12 2008

Father Joseph Mohr (1816)

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth 

The Daly Path: Good News comes in many forms. It’s in the earth around us. It’s in the great books of faith. It’s in our hearts. And from our hearts spring beautiful works of art that are inspired by the Spirit. In 1816, an Austrian priest by the name of Joseph Mohr created such a work when he penned the poem “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” that became perhaps the most recognized Christmas carol of all time… Silent Night.

As I prepare for the coming of our Lord in this Advent season, these verses of Silent Night help me to reflect on that holiest of nights so many centuries ago. Just for fun, go outside one evening this Advent and sit for a few moments in the dark listening to the good news of the night. Breath in the crisp air (if you are in the northern hemisphere). Pretend it’s the first Christmas Eve and reflect on Fr. Mohr’s beautiful  poem of  Jesus… Lord at thy birth.

Advent Meditation: Blessed are all who wait for the Lord