Christmas 2017

Almost 30 years ago, a remarkable event took place. On December 21, 1968, a spacecraft named Apollo VIII left the earth with three astronauts on a three-day trip to the moon. It was the first time human beings had seen the back of the moon, and it was the first time that we were all able – through television – to behold the earth as an object hanging in space. The photograph of the earth that the astronauts took has been called the most popular photo of all time. What is significant is that for the first time in human history, humanity was able to look down at the earth from the heavens. And we saw, although very imperfectly, the viewpoint from which God might view our tiny planet.

Since the beginning of time, mankind has been looking to the skies to find God. We have always looked away from our home on earth thinking that God must be somehow out there, distant. To find God, we thought, we had to look up and far away.

During the Christmas season we celebrate that day when God came from the heavens to earth. The day when God came from the heavens to search for us. The day when God came from on high and humbled himself to be with us. This is the real beauty, the real joy of Christmas.

Since the day of His birth Jesus has never left us alone. He still humbles Himself and remains with us in the Eucharist. The same bodily Christ who was in the manger is now the Eucharistic Christ present on this Altar in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. St. Francis of Assisi tells us: “Every day Jesus humbles himself just as he did when he came from his heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; every day he comes to us.” And so at every Mass we relive the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but we also experience the paradox of Christmas. This altar is our manger. And so we are called to be like the angels and shepherds who sing, “Glory to God in the highest” to Jesus in the Eucharist. We are called to be like three wise men and offer not only our gifts but our entire selves to God on this altar in the Eucharist. We are called to be like Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph and handle delicately our Lord when we receive Him in the Eucharist.

Before Apollo VIIII, we had to look up to the skies in order to see a planet. But one photograph changed that. Before the birth of Christ, mankind had to look up to the heavens to speak to God. But one birth changed that. If you are looking for Christ, you can find Him right here in the Eucharist. He is here, and He will be with us until the end of time.

On behalf of Fr. Alexis and the entire staff at St. Ann Parish, I wish you a happy and holy Christmas!

In Christ,

Monsignor Tom Powers
Parochial Administrator of St. Ann Parish

 

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