Bishop Rozanski's 2014 Christmas homily: Are you ready?

December 25, 2014 10:40 AM

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Are you ready for Christmas? How many times have we been asked that question, over the past few weeks, as the days from Thanksgiving to now have elapsed? This past September, I remember walking into a card shop, and spotting the Christmas ornaments on display. My heart felt a bit sad, that even before the leaves had turned to their Autumn colors on the trees, that Christmas was already being thrust upon us. And yet, here we are, the time of celebration is here, whether we are ready or not. For these past four weeks, as a Church we have been asking ourselves: "Are we ready for Christmas?" Our readings provided us with the great figures of Advent: Isaiah, the prophet of hope for God's people; Mary, in whose humility and trust, we find her "yes" to God's invitation to become the mother of the Savior; and John the Baptist, who stirred in his mother's Elizabeth's womb at Mary's Visitation, so near was the time of salvation.

In their own way, each of these servants of God ask us if we are ready for Christmas. We hear the poetic beauty of the first reading today from Isaiah. When God's people were mired in doubt and confusion during their exile, it is this hope-filled prophet who stirs their hearts, with the promise of a...

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