Posted by: fvbcdm | October 12, 2015

Feast of Saint Wilfrid (12 Oct 2015)

On this Columbus Day, can you remember the days before about 1970 when what is now called the Tridentine Mass was celebrated throughout the western world? At the end of each “low Mass,” the celebrant went from the right-hand side of the altar to the left and there he read the first fourteen verses of Saint John’s Gospel, which begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Thus Saint John indicates that there is a distinction between “the Word” and God the Father. He goes on to say, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” In other words, this divine person who was WITH the Father was also God, but was not the Father. Thus does Saint John begin to reveal to us the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and the incarnation—the coming of God into our human flesh, our world, our history. And that person who came into human flesh and became both divine and human is the man whom we call Jesus Christ. He is our brother in the family of humanity; he is our Lord, our Savior, the Founder of the Church and its Head in Heaven, and our divine Friend who is in heaven “preparing a place for us” as he tells us in the gospel.

As we continue meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary during this month of October, associated with the Rosary, we hear the angel exultantly proclaiming to the shepherds in the hills around Bethlehem: Listen: I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. “Christ” means the anointed one, the messiah. And “the Lord” means God. A baby, wrapped in baby clothes and lying in an animal’s eating-trough for lack of any other bed, is the promised Messiah and is God. News of great joy, indeed! God loves us THAT MUCH; he becomes our brother, he lives our life, suffers our sufferings, dies our death, rises as we hope to rise, and goes to prepare a place for us. Not only do these considerations assure us of a merry Christmas, but basic happiness every day of the year. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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