The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Here is the last of the PBLC Advent reflections, for December 25, Christmas Day. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ will have daily Christmas reflections at the link below.

There will be no Blogging here on December 25 or December 26. Merry Christmas everyone.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:59 PM link
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Merry Christmas

Grace filled, unspotted, God bearing virgin,
holy your womb: Emmanuel lay in it.
You fed at your breast the food of the world.
What praise can reach you, what glory touch you?
Hail, God’s mother, delight of the angels;
hail, full of grace, foretold by the prophet’s preaching.
The Lord is with you. The child you bore has saved the world.
Ancient Christian prayer

May the blessings of Christmas
be yours in abundance.
Your intentions will be remembered
in the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
on Christmas Day.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 2:25 PM link
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Let us Go to Bethlehem

Let us go, then to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place which the Lord has made known to us.

He is found among men and women of a particular time and place:

--Mary and Joseph of the house of David, in the city of David, but without resources, homeless.
--Shepherds, poorest of the poor, in distant fields, society's lowest with the same status as tax collectors and prostitutes. There testimony is never valid because they are so dishonest.
--Magi, gentiles, pagans, unclean.
--and angels: the best of heaven with the worst of earth

Ordinary people going about their daily work:

hidden and forgotten

This is the human history entered by the One who came to save.

His name is still not reverenced in the pages of power or the halls of majesty. The New York Times will ignore him as it reports the feast; the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle will not be much different.

In establishing justice and peace in the world is still in our own power that we trust.

He is still hidden, hidden here, in us, in this sacrament, in his body gathered here, and it is we who respond to this invitation today: Let us go, then to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place which the Lord has made known to us.

It is we who come to his home today with shepherds and star gazers, to worship him.

And how are we to worship?

1. We are to bring our worst as well as our best. He came to save us after all, and he wants to be with us where we are most in need.
2. We will have an absolute respect for life in all its forms.
3. We will have an absolute respect for the human body. By his taking on our humanity he has raised us to an incomparable dignity. The human body is never an object or a plaything. Regulating human life and birth by unnatural means and using our bodies in ways unintended by the creator is the opposite of worshipping this child.
4. In our families we will be a gift to each other, to nourish each other and to bridge any differences.

When we do this, then it will be Christmas.

Glory to you, Lord, whose grace has made us whole. You became our brother to make us sons and daughters too. You raised us from the lowly state as servants to the lofty rank of children and of heirs. You made us beloved, your friends and companions, that we might rejoice in your presence forever and ever, Amen.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 2:17 PM link
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It is God's Work.

Here is the reflection today for December 24.

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