the light conquers the darkness
"A Child is born to us, a Son is given us; upon His shoulder dominion rests. They name Him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace." —Isaiah 9:5
"Mary" Christmas! May you love Jesus as Mary does.
Before Christmas, I received the devastating news that a married couple I had known for years was planning to divorce. Next, a good friend's father died suddenly, apparently without knowing Christ. Then, on Christmas Eve, a homeless man knocked on the rectory door. He was a broken and hurting man in many ways — especially because he was alienated from his dying father.
All this bad news would be depressing if not for the facts that:
- God has become man and dwells among us (Jn 1:14).
- "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone" (Is 9:1).
- "The grace of God has appeared, saving all" (Ti 2:11).
- "When the kindness and generous love of God our Savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of His mercy, He saved us" (Ti 3:4-5).
- "They see directly, before their eyes, the Lord restoring" His people (Is 52:8).
- "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people" (Lk 2:10).
There is hope, reconciliation, healing, resurrection, and eternal life because "today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you Who is Messiah and Lord" (Lk 2:11). The light of Christ and Christmas "shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (Jn 1:5). "Mary" Christmas!
Prayer: Father, because of Your Son becoming man, may I rejoice in the measure that I share His sufferings (1 Pt 4:13).
Promise: "He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." —Ti 3:5
Praise: Praise the Word made flesh, our Savior, Lord, and God!
Nihil Obstat: Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002