Saturday, December 24, 2016

Emmanuel: God is with US: Christmas

Listen to the homily here.


Merry, merry, merry Christmas!

To all of our parishioners, families, relatives, friends, neighbors and those in our community
·      Praise God that we gather in God’s house
·      Praise God that we gather in God’s family
·      Imagine how many people around the whole world are with God
·      As this night began with a few people
o   Mary, Joseph, shepherds, 3 kings, animals
o   Later apostles, disciples, followers
·      2,000 years later, we have 2.2 billion Christian around the world (1.2 billion Catholics)
o   Biggest religion in the whole world
·      Jesus Christ is unique compared to every big members in history:
o   Greek or Roman gods or goddesses (spiritual, mythology)
o   Buddha, Mohammad as just humans (persons but not God)
·      Christmas shows Jesus Christ who was a God that was born a human
o   This is the core of our Christianity
o   He is the only leader in any religion around the planet…the only one
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
·      Isaiah and Matthew
·      Emmanuel: “God is with us”
·      God is with us
·      God is always with us
o   Not in the sky, not far away, not playing with a lens to burn an ant hill
·      He is love, mercy and compassion
·      This is His house
·      You are always welcome in His house here
Finally, our little ones love the gifts in Christmas
·      And I have said this before and will say it again…if they make it to Mass for Christmas, I hope they will receive a great gift
·      But is there not a deeper gift?…the greatest giftthe essential gift in our lives: Jesus Christ?

How should you live your lives for Jesus Christ?

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