我存证道》Christmas Mass during the night (Midnight Mass).

Rejoice for our Saviour is born to the world

Is. 9:2-4, 6-7;

Tit. 2:11-14;

Lk. 2:1-16]
 

Good evening to everyone! Surely, all of you must share in my great joy of being a participant in this beautiful gathering of families, relatives, friends, neighbours and even unannounced visitors. Tonight, many have come to commemorate the incarnation of God on earth! Our seniors, those who are single and those who are married, our teenagers, the little children, all are here to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus, the Saviour of the world.

Over two thousands years ago, our Heavenly Father promised to His people that a great Light would be seen. For those who were walking in the darkness, a Light would shine on them. As people rejoice when winning a victory over their enemies by helping themselves to all their belongings, God promised that throughout the world, the people would rejoice during this great moment of the coming of the Saviour.

During today's First Reading from the Book of Isaiah, [Is. 9:2-4, 6-7] this great joy was compared to harnessed farm animals, such being a symbol of enslavement. As the weight of the bar was removed from the shoulders of the farm animals, a great weight was taken off the shoulder of the people. The Book of Isaiah also compared this great joy to the joy that was experienced by God's chosen people when they defeated the Mediannites [Judges 7:16-25] When the weight was taken off the shoulder of the people, it was transferred upon the shoulders of the promised Messiah. For it is He who came to bear the sins of the world.

The next verse from the same reading described the characteristics of the promised Messiah: "He is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." From this Biblical passage, we perceive the mystery of the Holy Trinity, that "the fullness of God was pleased to dwell bodily within Jesus" [Col 1:19, 2:9]

The Messiah is the Mighty God. He is the One God in Who dwells Three Divine Presences in the Holy Trinity. He is the "I am" of the Old Testament and the New Testament. [Gen. 17:4; Exo. 3:14; Jn. 8:58; 18:5] He is the Everlasting Father. He is the Wonderful Counsellor, the promised Advocate who teaches us all things and bring all things back to our minds all what Jesus has said to us through the Sacred Scriptures. [Jn. 14:16, 26] He is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Himself, being our "Prince and Saviour" [Acts 5:31, 7:35; Latin Vulgate]

Sent by the Heavenly Father to establish the spiritual Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven, the authority of Jesus was pre- ordained to continuously grow. Such is manifested in the progressive growth of the Church. From generation to generation, as new believers convert to the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacrament of Baptism through faith in Christ, by the grace of the Heavenly Father and the power of the Holy Spirit in the Most Holy Name of Jesus, they become new members of the Body of Christ that continues to grow and grow.

Through Jesus, the spiritual Kingdom of God on earth and in Heaven is established and upheld with justice and righteousness now and forever.

During today's Second Reading from the Letter to Titus, [Tit. 2:11-4] we heard that these things are now happening. The grace of God has appeared on earth. Baby Jesus was chosen by God the Father to bring us our salvation. Our response to the grace of God, the gift of Jesus, we are to renounce impiety and worldly passions. We are called to live lives of self-control, to be upright and godly in our thoughts, our words and our actions, while waiting for the blessed hope and manifestation of the glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when He shall return at the end of time.

We should all be zealous to perform good deeds for Jesus Who gave Himself for us so that we might be saved from all our sins. Through Jesus, we were purified to become a new Christian nation that is called the people of Jesus.

Today's reading from the Gospel of Luke [Lk. 2:1-16] confirms that in the days of Emperor Augustus, Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem to the Virgin Mary who was engaged to Joseph. Because there was no room in the inn, like the poor people of His days, Baby Jesus was born in a manger. In that environment, there was no hospital services available. There were no doctor and nurses. There were no white bed sheets. And there was no gathering of the biological family.

Not too far away, some shepherds were living in the fields, watching over their flock at night to keep the wolves away. At that moment, a shining angel of God stood before them. The sudden brilliance scared the shepherds. After telling the shepherds not to be afraid, the angel told them that he was bringing them good news of great joy for all the people, the people of those days and the people of today. Jesus, our Saviour, the promised Messiah, was born. He could be found wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger not too far away.

Then suddenly, there was a multitude of heavenly hosts present who were praising God and singing, "Glory to God in the highest Heaven, and on earth peace among those whom He favoured!" You can imagine the joy of the shepherds from the presence of such a multitude. Curious to learn more, after the angels left, the shepherds went to Bethlehem to find Baby Jesus that the Lord God had announced to them. Hurrying to Bethlehem, they found Mary and Joseph standing by Baby Jesus who was lying in the manger.

Tonight, we share in the joy of the shepherds. We all hurried here to Church to be with our spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ, these consisting of family members, friends, strangers, all who are present in the hope of celebrating the coming of Baby Jesus on earth. As the angels sang beautiful songs, praising God, we also unite our voices to sing and praise God for His gift of Jesus to each and everyone of us.

At the same time, although invisible, our faith tells us that Jesus is truly here present with us. So are the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph. So are all the saints of the Church who dwell in the spiritual Kingdom of God. And, so is the multitude of heavenly hosts that sang on the night that Baby Jesus was born. All of them, alongside with us, are celebrating the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.

As we continue with the celebration of the Holy Mass, let us thank God for this beautiful surrounding that warms our hearts and elevates our spirits for the glory of Jesus.
 

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