The early Church did not celebrate Christmas, like we do now. St. Francis honored Christmas, creating one of the first manger scenes, and leading the way for today's feast. The Eucharist is the perpetuation of the Incarnation, Emanuel God with Us. This is a teaching homily on the history of Christmas, and the sacrament of the Eucharist.
One Christmas a few years back I work up to a song by David Bowie and Bing Crosby; The Little Drummer Boy. In their version, there was a haunting refrain; "Peace on Earth, Can it Be?" I the Gospel, we hear that the Angels from Heaven declare Peace on Earth at the Birth of Jesus Christ and Lord. This child is to bring Peace. Can it Be? Have we experienced World Peace yet? There was a time during WWI when opposing sides made peace on Christmas Day, and at least for awhile, peace on earth seemed possible? If we are to have peace for the many, it is first required that it be lived boldly by a few. We may not bring about world peace in our day, but we can with God's help bring peace to our world. It is God's plan. It is our deepest desire. It is a choice. Let us pray that I may bring the light of Christ and Peace of Christ to those in my world. Merry Christmas - Old English for "Christ's Mass".
Homilia del Padre Carlos de Navidad.
We hear Isaiah's prophecy of God with Us so often, we easily fail to appreciate the Gift this is. Deists believe God created the world, set it in motion, but is not involved. Christians believe that God helps shape history. In fact, if we work with God, History is really His-Story! To be part of God's plan promises a brighter future, than if we "Go it alone". Yet to accept the gift of Emanuel, and let God help us share our lives and world; we must hear, and follow. This is difficult, but fear not, even if we fail sometimes, if we are persistent God can still guide us! Thank God!
Homilia del Padre Carlos.
From prison, John the Baptist sends disciples to Jesus to ask "Are you the one to come or should we look for another?" He seems to be doubting if Jesus is really who he says he is. John is perhaps in despair, in prison. Do we sometimes feel similarly? Stuck in what feels like prison, wondering if Jesus is really who he says he is. This Gospel, and Homily, remind us that The Kingdom, in all its Power is Here! We do have much cause for Rejoicing! Let us also, share that cause for rejoicing with others, to help them escape from their prison. Fr. Paul "Tells what he has seen and heard." God's miracles are still as present as in the days of the Gospel and Acts of the apostles. Let us open our eyes and hearts to God's presence all around us, and then tell others what we've seen and heard.
Jesus Baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and Fire. Fire burns and lightens. If we ask the Holy Spirit will enlighten where we need to grow, and if we submit our impure motives and faults to the Fire of the Holy Spirit, they will be burned away, till all that is left is the motive of pure love. We will be transformed into Christ-likeness. This homily talks about our common call to holiness.
del padre Carlos.
Advent begins looking not to the coming of Christ at Christmas, but the coming of Christ at the end of time. The promise of Jesus' second coming helps us to recognize that NOW is important. How can we better be about the things that really matter? Two years ago, there was a false alarm about incoming missiles to Hawaii, for 38 minutes people thought this was the end. One quote that I heard was 'In times like this, the things we spend so much time worrying about, being anxious about, all just evaporate." Are we spending too much time on things that will in the end only evaporate? Advent is a time to prepare to celebrate Christmas as a better person. Let's use Advent to focus on that. May I suggest; PSSS; Prayer, Study, Sacrament, and Service. See our website ourladyofguadalupe.org for more suggestions on how to prepare this Advent.