In order for our poor Christmas be a little’ and a little less poor’ less mundane: a Catholic homily held at the Mass of the Holy Night

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SO THAT OUR POOR CHRISTMAS IS A LITTLE 'LESS POOR AND A LITTLE' LESS WORLDLY: A HOMILY CATHOLIC MASS HELD AT THE HOLY NIGHT

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Between 25 and 26 December we will have to put up with the news reports trickling political correctness that c'informeranno how many glorious cathedrals and basilicas, during Holy Mass on Christmas Night, reference was made to Jesus, poor and refugee. And as the cathedral or the basilica will be prestigious, as the homilist will have raised the bar …

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Ariel S. Levi Gualdo

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In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be of the whole earth. This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, each to his city. Joseph also, It was of the house and family of David, from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea to the city of David, is called Bethlehem, to be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, she was pregnant. Now, while they were there, time came for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, She wrapped in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in. There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the night watch over their flock. An angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified, But the angel said to them,: "Fear not:, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for to you she is born in the city of David a Savior, It is Christ the Lord. This sign for you: You find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger ". And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying,: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he loves" [Gospel Christmas Night, Luca: 2, 1-14]

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Ariel S. Levi Gualdo, Christmas 2017

We will devote the homily on the Gospel of this Holy Night the link between the Incarnation of the Word of God made man in the mystery of the Holy Eucharist..

In the days before this Holy Christmas, and in those that follow, the divine mystery of this birth has been defined in many ways by the world increasingly worldly and secular, just some examples: Christmas referred to as "party of peace", "Feast of solidarity", "Feast of love between the peoples of diversity and acceptance", of course "feast of the poor" and "Feast of the refugees'. Let me be clear: I'm not troubled either by the poor or by refugees, but I believe both our human and Christian duty to help the poor out of their poverty, and refugees to a homeland: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" [cf. Mt 25, 31-46]. A disturb, it is therefore not the tragedy of poverty, nor the problem of immigration; for about four years now to disturb me is another, and especially when on the occasion of Christmas and Easter, now these two ideological categories - poor and real or would-be refugees -, take the place of the Word of God incarnate and the Risen Christ.

Between 25 and 26 December so we will have to put up with The newspaper reports that political correctness dripping c'informeranno how many glorious cathedrals and basilicas, during Holy Mass on Christmas Night, reference was made to Jesus, poor and refugee. And as the cathedral or the basilica will be prestigious, as the homilist will have raised the bar. And so, as every January 1, we will have the traditional account given by newspapers and television news on New Year's incidents in Naples, the same will happen in our church ever crashed worldliness, and the 26 December we celebrate the memory of St. Stephen the Martyr with the most detailed reports on lunches that were held in our churches on Christmas Eve and the homilies based on the poor and refugees in the same took place between the night of 24 and the day 25 December, between cribs which have become a monotonous and conformist riot of barges and rescue donuts used to Arrange above the Bambinello Divine just landed in Lampedusa.

In this Holy Night I would like to recall that at Christmas, the Orbe catholica, celebrates the mystery of the Word of God made man, not celebrate an unspecified "feast of" solidarity emptied of the divine mystery and filled with worldly secularism. And words are important, because the more diabolical way to destroy the faith, It is emptying the mysteries of the faith of their true meaning and then fill them with another. This means no more memory of the great mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God who became man by assuming our human nature itself, as illustrated by the Blessed Apostle Paul Christological Hymn contained in the Second Letter to the Philippians, but "party of peace", "Feast of solidarity", "Feast of love between people and acceptance of diversity" ... all with improbable and untruthful references to Jesus, poor and refugee, that this year will multiply in Cathedral Cathedral.

Let us see what to narrate the historical chronicles of the Holy Gospels: the Blessed Virgin Mary, after answering freely with their own "fiat"The messenger of the Lord [cf. LC 1, 26-38], It gives birth months later the only Son of God, It wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays him in a manger. This birth and this deposition in a manger did not happen narrated in ways that Joseph was poor and refugee, but because the two were on their way from Nazareth to Bethlehem to fulfill the obligation of the census ordered by Caesar Augustus [cf. LC 2, 1-14]. Joseph was a craftsman who played the noble and profitable trade of cabinetmaker, while Mary came from a family perhaps even more wealthy than that of Joseph, just think that the husband of her cousin Elizabeth was a priest of the ancient caste of Abijah [cf. LC 1, 57-80]. Therefore, if Jesus was born in a makeshift place is because, as narrated in the Gospels Saints, there was not an empty seat in any hotel [cf. LC 2, 1-6]; not because they had nothing to pay housing when the Blessed Virgin was seized by labor pains on that trip, undertaken not by voluntary choice, but for a legal duty imposed obligation to be enrolled [cf. LC 2,1].

The biggest event in history, the incarnation of God's Word, It is described through the sequence of some basic keywords: give birth, wrap in swaddling, put in a manger. With these plain words it tells of the birth of the Only Begotten Son of God the Father, Jesus, the Light of the World. Because "Christ, while it is of divine nature, He did not consider it robbery to be equal with God; but he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in human likeness. He appeared in human form, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death on a cross " [Within 2, 6-11]. He, who is God from God, Light from Light, True God from true God, begotten not made of the same substance as the Father, He sees the light through the eyes of a real man born from the womb of a woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The only begotten Son of God laid in the manger, It constitutes for us a great value mystagogical. In the manger it is in fact lays the food for animals: hay and straw, keeping them high off the ground so you do not dirty. Jesus, placing itself in the manger, He reveals to the world since the birth of what is its true essence: the Word of God made man is to be real nourishment of men.

Even today Christ is laid in the manger altar or the tabernacle so that everyone can come to Him to worship him as shepherds worshiped the revelers flocked [cf. LC 2, 15-20] and Wizards astronomers said Magi [cf. Mt 2, 1-12], so that everyone can feed on Him in the Holy Eucharist, which it is the mystery of his body and his blood shed. And in the Eucharist Christ is present not symbolically or metaphorically, but really; He is living and real in body soul and divinity.

Christ redeems and saves mankind through the sacrifice of the cross, immolating himself as the Lamb of God who washes the sin of the world [cf. GV 1, 29-34], making real food, man's true nourishment. The Holy Eucharist is the mystery of mutual transformation: God became man like us, so that we, washed from sin by the blood, through Christ, the bread of life we ​​can transform ourselves into Him, with Him and for Him. Remember what the celebrant recites what makes memory of the dead in the Holy Mass of suffrage? We priests, acting at that moment in persona Christi - certainly not as mere "playful assembly presidents" -, We recite this beautiful prayer: "He will transform our mortal body in the image of his glorious body" [cf. Roman Missal, Eucharistic Prayer III]. This, It meant by the mystery of mutual transformation.

But what is the true Christ Lord lively joy and eternal humanity deposed in swaddling clothes in the manger? The joy of man is Christ received and heard that becomes our food of eternal life: "I am the living bread, down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world " [cf. GV 6, 51]. If Christ does not become our food and live our real lives, man can never know the truth that will set us free [cf. GV 8, 32]. They will never be the words for their own sake to give the man the joy that pervades the Gospel of Blessed John the Evangelist; They never will be unless those empty words instead lead to the mysteries of faith and salvation, empty these mysteries and fill them with another, often mundane and modern paganism.

As long as man does not eat in a spirit of faith and truth Christ in his flesh sacrificed for our salvation, No real joy will come for him. And the flesh and throbbing of Christ God, yes it takes life in a tender manger, but then she ends up sacrificed on the cross for our redemption. At last, the glorious body of Christ, He rises from the dead. Because the final epilogue of the Nativity is the resurrection. He tells us the Blessed Apostle Paul: "If Christ had not risen indeed, in vain would our faith, empty is our hope " [cf. The Cor 15,14].

Our faith is born with the Incarnation of the Word of God deposited in a manger, but it is sealed from the overturned stone of an empty tomb, before which the angel said to the women: "Do not look among the dead for one who lives" [cf. LC 24,5]. The tender manger is just the beginning of the big announcement Christological, while the risen Christ is the eternal, one who affiancandoci in the journey along the Way to Emmaus [cf. LC 24, 13-53], will guide us through the centuries to his kingdom will have no end, towards the eternal.

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Lake Maggiore (Verbania), 25 December 2017

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A CHRISTMAS WAS PROCLAIMED IN OUR CHURCHES THE MONUMENTAL PROLOGUE OF THE GOSPEL OF BLESSED JOHN THE EVANGELIST "IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD". LAST YEAR'S FATHER DID AN ARIEL LECTIO THE PROLOGUE John's, WHO WISHES CAN FIND IT IN OUR ARCHIVE VIDEO OR CLICKING WHO

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2 thoughts on "In order for our poor Christmas be a little’ and a little less poor’ less mundane: a Catholic homily held at the Mass of the Holy Night

  1. Today, 1 January 2018, Solemnity of Mary. Mother of God, I wish you all a Happy New Year in Christ.
    May Mary Most Holy Virgin. She has given birth to Jesus, true God and true Man, It is undeniable truths of faith; But I often wondered why Jesus defines Maria “Donna” and not “Mother”, and most logical answer seemed to me the following: because the Gospels show that Jesus' Mother is the Semprevergine Bride of the most chaste Joseph and not the Virgin Mary.
    It might seem a matter of goat wool, but the theological difference is large…

    I read somewhere, I do not remember exactly where, that define a refugee or migrant Holy Family went to Bethlehem for the census is equivalent to the eisegesis the Gospel text: what does it mean?

  2. Reverend Father,
    I agree that excessive stress, consider the "refugee" baby Jesus, as well as the Holy Family, by now many preachers, constitutes a serious depletion of the meaning of the birth of our Lord.
    Equally shared his clarification that the previous trip the divine birth, trodden by the Virgin and St. Joseph, It can not be compared to that of a refugee, as motivated not by fleeing persecution but dall'ottemperare to civic duty related to the census, and also it conducted not in poverty as St. Joseph, He was a cabinetmaker able to pay room and board.
    I would however point out that the next journey of the Holy Family, can, yes, somehow be compared to migrate an "asylum seeker": because of the persecution of Herod, St. Joseph is forced not to return to their country, to his shop, its customers, but to go in a different region from different language and there start over. I reiterate that excessive emphasis pastoral experience of refugees, for Jesus, Joseph and Mary, reductionism constitutes a sad message…

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