Monday, December 25, 2006

A new and wondrous mystery.


On this Christmas morning, I extend my prayerful best wishes to all readers of this blog. May this Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ be an occasion of great joy for you and your families.

This year and every year, I pray that we may greet the birth of Christ with the same sense of wonder that St. John Chrysostom expresses in this sermon on the Nativity:

I behold a new and wondrous mystery.

My ears resound to the Shepherd's song, piping no soft melody but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn.

The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory.

All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now, for our redemption, dwells here below; and he that was lowly is raised up by divine mercy.

Bethlehem this day resembles heaven: she hears from the stars the singing of angelic voices; in place of the sun, she enfolds within herself on every side the Sun of Justice.

Ask not how - where God wills, the order of nature yields. He willed, He had the power, He descended, He redeemed, and all things move in obedience to God.

This day He Who Is is born, and He Who Is becomes what He was not.

Merry Christmas! AMDG.

3 Comments:

At 12/25/2006 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Jesuit Joe. :)
Antony
http://tothequiet.blogspot.com

 
At 12/25/2006 9:29 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Antony -

And the same to you! I just left a greeting on your blog. Hope this Christmas has been a pleasant and peaceful one for you and your family. God bless,

Joe

 
At 12/26/2006 3:48 AM, Blogger crystal said...

Merry Christmas and thanks for the sermon :-)

 

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