May I hereby call your attention to
the daily reading of the Gospel?
This invitation wants to share with you the joy
of the gospel. Everyone, except no one,
can experience that joy by opening his heart to
the healing effects of God’s word.
Welcome to you who have come to celebrate Christmas. A special Christmas this year: we are not allowed to sit side by side. We must keep the warmth of Christmas in our own bubble. Yet there is warmth here as well: the warmth of the Child in the manger. When we look at that Child, we see a smile. It is God’s smile, it is God who wants to be welcome in our lives, it is God who wants his love to grow in us. May that God of love find a warm place with you. Dear children, dear youngsters, may Jesus give birth to many beautiful things in you. Jesus is in our midst, but not only in the nativity scene. He also comes to us with the love of his Father.
First Reading Isaiah 62, 11-12
The Lord is announcing to all the earth:
“Tell the people of Jeruzalem
That the Lord is coming to save you,
Bringing with him the people he has rescued.”
You will be called “Gods Holy People,”
“The People the Lord Has Saved.”
Jeruzalem will be called “The City That God Loves,”
“The City That God Did Not Forsake.”
Second Reading Tit 3, 4-7
For we ourselves once foolish, disobedient, and wrong.
We were slaves to passions and pleasures of all kinds.
We spent our lives in malice and envy; others hated us and we hated them.
But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour was revealed, he saved us.
It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us, through the Holy Spirit, wh o gives us new birth
and new life by washing us. God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us
through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that by his grace we might be put right with God
and come into possesion of the eternal life we hope for.
Gospel Lc 2, 15-20
When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger.
When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. The shepherds went back, singing praises to God forall they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.
OF THE HOLY FATHER
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
25. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades. Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. For example, changes in climate, to which animals and plants cannot adapt, lead them to migrate; this in turn affects the livelihood of the poor, who are then forced to leave their homes, with great uncertainty for their future and that of their children. There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.
The biblical text in this edition is taken from The New Bible Translation, © Dutch Bible Society 2004/2007.
Considerations from Liturgical Suggestions for Weekdays and Sundays
Laudato Si Official English translation