...What did Joseph and Mary hope for on that first Christmas? Remember that they were on a journey; they were away from home They faced an uncertain future. They lived in darkness. The story of Bethlehem inevitably suggests a comparison between that moment and our own.
Our moment is a time of darkness, to be sure. We face an uncertain future from weapons of mass destruction and shadowy networks of international terrorists. Has the world ever known a more dangerous time than now? The holy family had less to fear from the wicked King Herod than we do from today's radical extremists. The holy family trusted that God's word to them would be fulfilled, that Mary would bear a son to be named Jesus.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Father Plough Shares at Christmas
This is taken from a series of homilies written and compiled into a spiral bound book "Father Plough Shares" by Fr. James Plough of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Colorado: