Rejoice, for a child is born to us, jesus christ. He is called wonder counselor, god-hero, prince of peace
Homily for Christmas Mass at Night ©, December 25th, 2018:
The birth of Jesus Christ is the beginning of a new world for us. The Scripture readings through Advent have told us who Jesus is and what He is going to do, out of love for us. And now He is here. Jesus Christ’s birth announces light for those “who walked in darkness have seen a great light”(Isa 9:2). This light is new hope. Jesus is a “God-hero”(Isa 9:6), a king who is more than a human being. Jesus has divine power. He is expected to establish peace, impose peace, on that day. Holy Mother Church has applied this prophecy to Jesus Christ because these attributes are attached to a child who is born and has no power yet. But this child’s birth symbolizes humanity’s hope for a brighter future. And the key to this brighter future lies in innocence and justice, not military power or wealth. Jesus will rule an eternal kingdom with judgment and peace.
But Isaiah 9:6 also declares that this Messiah and King and His Reign are present. “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests”(Isa 9:6). “His dominion is vast and forever peaceful”(Isa 9:7). The reason for Jesus’s presence is because of the grace He makes readily available to us. The second reading from St. Paul’s Letter to Titus tells us that “The grace of God has appeared , saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires”(Titus 2:12), immediately, today. God’s grace through Jesus Christ leads us “to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age”(Titus 2:12). So therefore, our redemption thanks to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a radical change in life from sin to grace. It also empowers us and instructs us in integrity. If our conversion of mind and soul and life is authentic, we can stand confidently and in certain hope on the day of judgment.
God’s grace is given to us through Jesus Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. He has entered human life to give us this amazing and saving grace. This grace trains us“…us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age”(Titus 2:12). So therefore, grace from Jesus Christ strengthens us to regulate our lives by practicing piety, justice, and self-control. We perform our duties to God in a godly manner, to our neighbor justly, and to ourselves soberly.
The child born to us is “our great God and savior Jesus Christ,…”(Titus 2:13). He comes to us because He loves us so much that He “…gave Himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people as His own, eager to do what is good”(Titus 2:14). So therefore, another reason for our due diligence in performing out godly duties is Jesus Christ’s love, which will be proven in His Passion and Death. Christ loved us and sacrificed Himself for us. Our life lived well is our loving response to Jesus Christ’s loving mission to save us. His mission starts with His birth into humanity as a child who is fully divine and fully human.
The birth of Jesus Christ, which we celebrate solemnly here today, is the beginning of a new world. That is where our hope lies, right here and right now. This news is so good that we rejoice and the angels sing.
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