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December 25, 2006

For the Mass at Dawn on Christmas Day

Luke 2:15-10

Christ is the Saving Mystery in Person.
The mother of Christ, the mother of the Saving Mystery, “kept all these things … in her heart.”
Shepherds have rushed in and told Mary and Joseph what they just heard from an angel.
Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.

The shepherds also tell Mary and Joseph that a great army from heaven joined the angel and proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The Gospel today tells us that after hearing all this from the shepherds “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
When the Saving Mystery, Christ, is twelve years old, the Gospel again tells us that Mary “his mother kept all these things in her heart.”
Mary’s heart, her interior life, is all wrapped up in her Son, Christ the Saving Mystery.
As the Gospel tells us that Mary kept and pondered the Mysteries of Christ IN HER HEART, we recognize Mary to be a woman of contemplation and prayer.
We come here everyday to the Mass, to worship God our Savior, to pray, to hear the saving mysteries of Christ, to eat and drink the saving mysteries of Christ.
Inspired by the Gospel’s testimony about Mary, we, like her, strive to keep and ponder in our own hearts the mysteries of Christ who is Eternal God but has also become a man of flesh and blood born of Mary.
On this day and at this hour, we approach the Lord in the same Body and Blood that Mary conceived in mystery and joy…
… the same Body and Blood that Mary saw changing water into wine, bringing the mystery and light of faith to his disciples at a wedding…
… the same Body and Blood that Mary saw pierced and draining in the sorrowful mystery of the cross…
… the same Body and Blood that Mary saw in the mystery of new life risen from the dead and glorified.
As we receive the Body and Blood of our Savior, let us follow the example of Mary, keeping and pondering all these things in our hearts.
When the Lord finally returns to renew and glorify our human flesh in heaven and earth, may he find his mysteries alive in our hearts, and so may we ourselves have life forever in the heart of God.

That God Be Glorified in All


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