Tìm Kiếm

26 tháng 12, 2014

Homily for The Nativity of the Lord (December 25, 2014)

God Made Our World His Home

Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When mentioning the coming of Christ into the world, Saint John, author of the Fourth Gospel, writes these so touching words: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”
At the beginning of the Gospel, he clarifies the origin of the Word stating that the Word is truly God.  We believe in the Holy Trinity consisting of three Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, too.

As God, the Son, also named the Word, is eternally holy, almighty, and forever transcendent from all that is of material, limited and imperfect nature.  It was through Him that we have life, knowledge, dignity as God’s image, and everything necessary for our survival here on earth.

But it happened that at the appointed time—some twenty centuries ago today—that very powerful Word of God, and God Himself, did something great and sudden enough to shock and rock the universe.

Yes, to our big surprise, the Creator of all that exists becomes one among His creatures; the Master of history enters into the course of the ups and downs of humanity; the timeless Being puts Himself into the frame of time; the invisible and untouchable God allows Himself to be seen, heard, touched and wounded by human feeling, emotion and even death.

All of these characteristics are described by Saint John as “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

From now on we are no longer alone on the journey of life but have a kind, caring and loving companion Who is at the same time true God and true man.

Simply because God already made our world His home.            

Nais ko pong batiin kayo ng isang maligayang pasko sa inyong lahat.

Naway pagpalain po kayo ng Banal na Sangol na si Hesus, ang Anak ng Dyios, at ating Panginoon.

Je voudrais vous souhaiter un joyeux Noel et une bonne année.

I would like to wish you a blessed Christmas and a grace-filled New Year.