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Keeping the Season of Advent for Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas breaks into our lives with the hopeful image of light. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,” we hear in the reading from Isaiah. Sickness, death, and much human frailty have been part of our lives in the recent past. More than a promise of better days to come is needed. Isaiah’s prophecy offers abundant hope as we hear, “Upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone.” The light is given to us because “a child is born to us,” a child who will be called “Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.”

This Christmas, as we deal with uncertainty, let us be surprised with Christmas hope! Let us be amazed that God sent his Son to redeem us! Through Jesus, God offers us another path. As St. Athanasius said, “God became human so that humanity might become divine.” How can we be anything but astounded that God has invited us into life with him? During the Christmas season, seek ways to extend kindness that is out of the ordinary. After all, God has done that for us, and as St. Paul said in his Letter to Titus, through Christ, God has cleansed us “as a people of his own, eager to do good.” May your kindnesses be a light to others.

Today’s readings (Mass during the Night): Isaiah 9:1–6; Psalm 96:1–2, 2–3, 11–12, 13; Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–14


Natividad del Señor, Domingo, 25 de diciembre de 2022

Albricias, regocijo, aleluyas !

La Navidad irrumpe con su imagen esperanzadora de luz. “El pueblo que caminaba a oscuras vio una intensa luz”, escuchamos en la lectura de Isaías. La enfermedad, la muerte y mucha fragilidad humana han formado parte de nuestras vidas en el pasado reciente. Hace falta más que una promesa de días mejores por venir. La profecía de Isaías ofrece abundante esperanza: “Los que habitaban un país de sombras se inundaron de luz”. La luz llega porque “un niño nos ha nacido”, un niño que será llamado “Consejero maravilloso, Guerrero divino, Jefe perpetuo, Príncipe de la paz”.

Esta Navidad, ¡dejémonos sorprender con la esperanza navideña! ¡Asombrémonos de que Dios haya enviado a su Hijo para redimirnos! Por medio de Jesús, Dios nos ofrece otro camino. Como dijo san Atanasio, “Dios se hizo humano para que la humanidad pudiera volverse divina”. ¡Cómo no asombrarnos si Dios nos está invitando a vivir con él! En este tiempo, sea más amable de lo normal. Después de todo, Dios ha hecho eso por nosotros, y, en palabras de san Pablo, Dios nos ha rescatado a través de Cristo “para adquirir un pueblo purificado, dedicado a las buenas obras”. Que la bondad de usted sea una luz para los demás.

Lecturas del día (Misa de la noche): Isaías 9:1–6; Salmo 96:1–2, 2–3, 11–12, 13; Tito 2:11–14; Lucas 2:1–14.

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Celebrate this Christmas!
As you enjoy some quiet time for prayer or dinner this week as a family, use this week’s booklet HOW TO SAVE THE SEASON to bring Advent and the seasons to life in your home. The gifts of joy and hope given to us by the Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus offer something for everyone!

¡Celebra esta Navidad!
Mientras disfruta de un momento tranquilo para orar o cenar esta semana en familia, use el folleto de esta semana CÓMO SALVAR LA TEMPORADA para que el Adviento y las estaciones cobren vida en su hogar. ¡Los dones de alegría y esperanza que nos da el Nacimiento, la Muerte y la Resurrección de Jesús ofrecen algo para todos!


© 2022 Liturgy Training Publications. 800-933-1800. Text by Patricia J. Hughes, DMIN. Scripture quotations are from the New American Bible, revised edition. Permission to publish is granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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