Jesus asks the crowds and us: "What, really, did you go out to see — someone dressed luxuriously? Remember, those who dress in luxury and eat in splendor are to be found in" shopping malls, sleighs, and endless TV Christmas specials (see Lk 7:24-25). The crowds flock to see Santa, searching for glad tidings, good cheer, and perhaps, somehow, a measure of love.
Today, the Church proclaims to the searching crowds that good news and love are available in Jesus. He loves you "with enduring love" (Is 54:8). He has "sworn not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you" (Is 54:9). He assures you: "Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor My covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, Who has mercy on you" (Is 54:10).
Be like the wise men (Mt 2:11). They went out to see the Christ Child, and they found Love beyond all telling. Seek the Lord and He will be found (Jer 29:13-14). Look for Love, and He will find you.
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2005 through January 31, 2006.
†Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 19, 2005.