HOMILY ON CHRISTMAS
After about four weeks of Advent, all of us finally reach this moment of the day of Christmas when we celebrate the birth of the Lord and Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ. Today is indeed a day of great joy that finally after the long wait, the world has finally seen its Saviour, a long awaited moment and a new hope dawning on us mankind. Christmas is indeed the celebration of Christ, through Whom all of us have the reason to rejoice.
It is Christmas, the birthday of the Lord Jesus, the greatest of all birthdays, the day of our dreams. It is the birthday of the Son of God who has come to be with us. To all those who receive him and believe in his name, he gives power to become children of God. This is the news of great joy. A great light has appeared. A child is born for us, a son is given to us, that we may become children of God, children of light.
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. Let us give a joyful and hearty welcome to the Lord who comes to us, to our hearts and minds and lives. He is Emmanuel, God with us. In him God’s love and grace have been revealed, his coming has made salvation possible he came to teach us how to live and what to do. The merciful goodness, the infinite love of God for His creatures is concretised in His Son who is born poor and fragile in a manger. The initiative of divine bounty brings salvation to human beings. The incarnation of the Word of God invites us to live a sober, pious and just life. Thus the coming of the Lord calls to a Christian commitment of life. Christians must be persons who work for the realization of what the angels sang: Glory to God in the Highest and peace on earth to people of good will.
St. John says, he is the true light that enlightens every person who comes into this world. God who is love, communicates with us, reveals the truth to us, and leads us from darkness to light. For this purpose the Word became flesh, shared in our weakness, poverty and mortality. We must therefore walk this earth with our gaze fixed on Christ and our hope lifted to heaven. We must live in the light of Christmas which is faith. We must act in the warmth of Christmas which is love. We must rejoice in the radiance of Christmas which is purity. We must walk in the brightness of Christmas which is truth. We must focus our minds on the heart of Christmas, which is Christ. That is the way to live according to the sense and purpose of Christmas.
Dear friends, Jesus is counting on us. We are among those who believe in him because of the apostles. And he is counting on us to make known his love to others. Jesus gave us his love and his gospel. He is counting on us to live the good news and to transmit it to all people. When we do that, we shall be spreading the message, the beauty, the joy and the benefit of Christmas to our brothers and sisters around us.
A holy day has dawned upon us.
Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
For today a great light has come upon the earth.