My Dearest Brothers and Sisters,

    Today as we come closer to the celebration of the Incarnation, God becoming flesh and making His dwelling among us, we are reminded how blessed we are as people of faith.  The “yes” of Mary and of Joseph transformed the world and brought forth a Savior.  

    Today’s gospel tells us that Joseph took Mary into his home.  His obedience to the will of God not only provides a home for Mary, but a dwelling place for the Savior of the world, “Emmanuel, God with us,” to make his home among us.  This story continues throughout time.  As a people of faith, we must open our hearts to God and allow Jesus to make His dwelling in us, in the flesh!

    How blest we are as Catholics to know that Christ humbled Himself to become food for our physical and spiritual nourishment so that He could dwell within each of us.  The moment of communion invites us to take on the role and the responsibility of “Christ-bearer”.  It is now our “yes” that changes other people’s lives as we seek to bear witness to Christ and to be His presence in the world.

    Brothers and sisters, I know this is a glorious time of year for us all in many ways.  I am also aware that pain, suffering, poverty and loss have infected our world.  Now more than ever, we need to be Christ for others and to meet them in their need this day.  Do not be afraid to say “yes” to the opportunities God puts before you to share His love and light with others.  Let this be a holy time in which the greatest gift you give is the one you already have, namely, Christ Jesus.  Remember His mercy is without end and His love endures for ever.

God’s peace and my love and prayers,

Father Michael