The entire reason for Christmas is the love of God.  God loves us so much that He came to earth as a human so we could get to know Him and learn to trust Him and love Him back.  Theologians call this the “Incarnation”, God became one of us, a human being, so we could understand what He is really like.
The God-man was born poor in a bare grotto which the shepherds used as a stable.  All good men everywhere felt a new supernatural joy at that time, and many of them believed that the Savior had at last came into the world.  But of all the human race those who merited to be the first to see the Christ Child were the poor, humble, and devout shepherds of Bethlehem.
After the departure of the Magi, Joseph, Mary and the Child Jesus moved into their modest home in Nazareth.  Like any happy child under the loving care of His mother, Jesus learned to talk, to pray, to play and to do things.  Mary gently placed the Infant God on His feet for the first steps on this earth.  He was the most beautiful Child who has ever lived.
Joseph took up his carpentry work, humbly rejoicing in the knowledge that he was laboring to support God Himself and His beloved Mother.
When the fortieth day after the Nativity drew near, the Immaculate Mother of God did not hesitated to subject herself to the general Hebrew law requiring purification of mothers and presentation of the first-born in the Temple of Jerusalem.
The Holy Family went to Jerusalem and before dawn they went to the Temple.  A simple devout priest Simeon had been waiting all his life for the coming of the Messiah. Moved by the Holy Spirit, he went to the Temple to meet his Lord.  He came to Mary and received the Infant Jesus from her hands.  Then raising his eyes to heaven in ecstasy of joy, thanking the eternal Father for having fulfilled the promises.  Then he said a few words to Mary:  “Behold this Child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted.  And your own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
All this was understood by Mary, and she began to feel sorrow, for deep down inside she was made to see this prophecy.
Mary and Joseph went up into the large ceremonial hall.  The priest took up the Holy Child, raised Him toward heaven and placed Him back in His Mother’s arms.  The whole Temple was filled with heavenly light.
Let all the earth receive her King!

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9:30am - English
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