Dearest Eucharistic Family, Christmas blessings.
With Mary, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, my Advent brought me to the Christmas Season by pondering things in my heart.
Memories of Christmas past, people, places, and things seem to flash in my mind’s eye during my prayer time. Our Mother sets this example for us in a pattern of prayer for our Church. How magnificent it is to remember Mary’s Immaculate Conception over and over again; wow, it is truly the perfect preparation for the way of our Lord.
We remember Mary’s “Yes”; this is God’s triumph through Mary to find the perfect vessel of grace to save our world. We are co-heirs in the mystery of salvation by our faith, hope, and love Incarnate.
Imagine our Blessed Mother in the halls of Heaven, peeking through the hallways and looking into our rooms. Think of Mary with her pointer finger on her lips to say quietly in the silence with the most beautiful smile, come and see. Our Mother calls us out of our room and gestures to you and me to dream about something beautiful.
Perhaps there is a hidden grace every time we offer love to God. Many things cause pain. Some things are serious: sickness, death, sudden traumas of every kind, war, and hate. Then there are the little misunderstandings and trials of the heart that try to oppress our spirit.
Through the Incarnation of love, we can overcome every weight of the Cross. Remembering Jesus within changes everything. Jesus promises to prepare a place for us.
During this Christmas Season in our Catholic Church, we remember and believe. How blessed we are to know every moment is a sacred gift of time. The world does not ponder or understand this. The birth of Jesus is a new birth for all of us. We share in Jesus’ love and life through baptism and life eternal. Our delivery into the world sets us a flame to hope to ignite others to eternal life now through the Eucharist. The Church Triumphant is looking forward to our passing over to an even newer birth.
As we offer every breath of life, especially the painful encounters, we can be assured Mary is holding us. The beauty we do not see now will surely be seen one day. If we cling to this with strong confidence, Christmas is with us every day of our lives.
My greatest gift this Christmas is to have family around the table. Some are fallen away Catholics, some devout souls, some challenging relationships, some souls dearest to my heart. In all things Mary pondered and embraced; she leads us on the pathway to find a song of praise in our souls as we journey through this exile. We are called to love, offer, and bring to birth the gift of Christmas. The Incarnation of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
O Come Let Us Adore Him, receive Him, and share Jesus, with others. There is a place waiting for us, with Mary’s serene smile of compassion, longing for the Heavenly embrace.
Let us live in hastened spirit with joy in the depths of our being, of the gift we have now in Christ and what is to come.
Christmas blessings into 2024!