25 December 2020

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas). The assigned readings for the Mass at dawn are Isaiah 62:11-12, Titus 3:4-7, and Luke 2: 15-20. The Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 97 (Psalm 97: 1, 6, 11-12).

The Gospel reading is as follows:

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."

So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Reflections on solemnity:

Crossroads Initiative: The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Nativity of the Lord (December 25, 2020)

Community in Mission: A Christmas Like No Other (25 DEC 20)

Deacon Keith Fournier: The Christmas Gift: Because Jesus is Born, We Can Be Born Again

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