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Build Me A Manger

Reflection on Mass Reading for December 24, 2019

“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Should you build me a house to dwell in?” Well, here it is! It is Christmas Eve and whether or not we think we are ready for Christmas 2019, it is just a few hours away. Everyone will be getting ready for the many wonderful local and familial traditions including the special foods, visits, Masses and of course gathering around the nativity scenes to finally place that last missing piece of the Baby Jesus. As we move forward with joyous expectation and the hope of glancing at Christmas through the eyes of children and the child-like, let us consider the entire mystery behind placing the Christ Child in the manger of our homes and churches. it is a powerful reminder that the Lord wishes to be born and alive and living within our own hearts, a personal manger, if you will.

“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” So tonight, let us place the last few details to make this manger the most safe, warm and inviting place for Jesus. Forgive those whom you need to forgive, let go of the mistakes that have haunted you this year and just count all the magnificent blessings that have been our in abundance. Clear a special spot in your manger-heart right here, right now. “O Radiant Dawn, Splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.” Behold, Christmas has arrived and the Lord is here!

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” W.T. Ellis

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