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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Today's Readings: December 31, 2005

December 31, 2006
7th Day in the Octave of Christmas
Optional Memorial of St. Sylvester I, pope

Today is the 7th day of the Octave Celebration of Christmas. It seems like the world just stops the celebration after Christmas morning, but today the Church continues the celebration of the Birth of Our God and Savior. For Jesus Christ is Lord and God.

I loved the readings again today. I won't post them all though because it is rather long :

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life,and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it...No one has ever seen God.The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him." (Jn 1:1-18)

Today we continue that celebration of the Word becoming flesh. The shocking thing is that just a few weeks ago I heard someone say "Jesus Christ is the Father's Son. He isn't God". HOW WRONG! That is the known as the heresy of Arianism. As that reading clearly shows, Jesus Christ is the fullness of the truth made-flesh. His shining splendor, the splendor of God, shown through on Mt. Tabor at the Transfiguration and through the Cross. How could Jesus Christ have taken away the sins for the whole world if He was not God? The answer - He couldn't have (i.e. "Deus Cur Homo" by St. Anselm).

Christmas is the perfect time to fully contemplate this mystery of Jesus Christ, God, taking human nature and dwelling among us. The answer is best summed up in Philippians 2:8, "He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross" (Douay-Rheims). For Jesus Christ didn't come to announce His true power and glory at every corner. Jesus Christ showed us perfect humility from the crib in Bethlehem to the Cross. And it was that humility that set us free from sin.


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