Posted by: fvbcdm | December 25, 2015

Christmas Eve 2015

Before I entered religious life and began studying for the priesthood, I worked in New Orleans for an export house. The factory, which produced burlap bags, was located on the lower 4 floors of a huge building, and the top floor was the location of the offices. Most of it was one huge room, nearly as long and wide as the entire building, except for the private offices of the bigwigs of the business.  There were many young women who worked there, some single some married. And it happened with some frequency that either one of them, or a former employee, would have a baby, and then within a couple of weeks, she would bring her newborn infant to the office to let everybody see the baby. You can imagine the uproar that THAT caused! With all those young women there, absolutely nothing got done in the office for the next two hours. It was all the oohing and ahhing, the squealing, the baby-talk, the passing of the child from one to another so that all of them could hold him or her. I used to think: if I were the manager, I wouldn’t allow babies in here since they disrupted work so totally all morning or afternoon. Bah, humbug!  I’m sure I would have been hated for being so Scrooge-like.

I tell you this today because in all our prayers and carols and liturgies, we speak of the joy of Christmas. So, take the scene of joy, delight, and excitement at my old export office and multiply it by about one hundred million, and that will give you some idea of what Christmas is really about. A baby was born into our world about 2000 years ago. He was identified by angels to a group of simple shepherds, and by a miraculous star to a group of Gentiles. And ever since that moment, the world has been delighted, joyous, and excited about his birth because he is the Savior, our Redeemer, our Hope of eternal happiness in Heaven. Women often speak of a small child as being “adorable.” That is an exaggeration, since no ordinary human being is worthy of adoration. But in the case of the Infant Jesus, it is not exaggeration, but the simple truth. Mary’s baby, lying in a manger in a stable because his mother had no other place to put him, is very truly ADORABLE, because he is God. And from the moment of his birth long ago until the end of time, there will be those in our world who are excited, joyous, and delighted by his birth because it is the beginning of our salvation. 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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