Christmas Day Homily 2018
By Mons. Peter Jeffrey:
“Come as you are – that is how I want you”- that opening line of a well-known hymn is the invitation to each of us from the One born for us. He is the Divine Gift to each of us.
It is so easy to be hassled in the bustle before Christmas. Take comfort from the fact that the expectant mother of our Lord and Saviour had to make a long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register in the census before Jesus was born. It was in these circumstances that the Promised One was to be born.
I mention that because Mary & Joseph were not unlike the Refugees who are fleeing in the hope of finding a secure home. Are we doing enough to welcome them?
To me it is both fascinating and challenging that the Divine Infant was born for me and you on the fringes of society – there was no room at the inn. Babies attract – so we can approach the Infant without fear - just as we are. I love the carol “The Little Drummer Boy” – it brings tears to my eyes. It reminds me that we just have to be ourselves and grateful for who we are.
We give a lot of thought to the gifts we give to our loved ones. As we unwrap the gifts we receive, do not overlook the source of all our gift-giving. Spare a moment to marvel at the love of God for each of us revealed in Mary’s boy child.