Imagining the infant Christ

I couldn’t sleep. It was a cold and cozy December night. Maybe I ate too many cookies. Or had a list that wouldn’t stop unrolling itself in my head. All I know is I was awake. I left my husband snoring deeply in our bed, curled up on the living room couch with the remote and searched for something to watch on television.

Let us adore on our knees the Bread that came down from heaven

In the son of the Virgin, “wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12), we acknowledge and adore the “bread that came down from heaven” (John 6:41, 51). When the Messiah comes to earth to give life to the world, he is born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread” in Hebrew. He sleeps in a manger used to feed cattle. His mission is evident: to feed us. He will later say, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48).

From the Editor - December 2020

Merry Christmas? In this season of COVID, maybe not. Too many have lost their lives or livelihoods. Perhaps we’re isolated from friends and family, missing the usual festivities.

Jesus comes into our imperfect world

The birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to King David to establish a kingdom that would have no end. Jesus, the Son of God, comes to heal the wounds of sin and division, to cast down the mighty from their thrones, and to lift up the lowly.

A baby that speaks

Thanks to the evangelists, we can read the main teachings and actions of Jesus throughout his life. I believe, however, that Jesus spoke more than ever as a newborn in the manger in Bethlehem, when he had not yet learned to communicate with words. He was the Word made into man, as St. John says: “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

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Together, apart for the holidays

My mother lives in one of the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19 activity and my own health issues prevent me from traveling, so this holiday season will find us celebrating “together, but apart.” It’s not an ideal situation, but in these uncertain, unprecedented times, we are wise to be realistic and keep hope that soon, we will be able to visit “as of old.”

Rejoice! Our God Comes To Save Us

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne's 2019 Christmas Homily

St. James Cathedral, Seattle

On this Holy Night, we experience once again what the Prophets foretold of old. The One who is to comfort God’s people is born. (Isaiah 40) The desire of all nations, (Haggai 2:6-7) of every human heart is found wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

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