Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass
December 24, 2019 •
This is a season of hope. As you get closer to celebrating it, that hope grows.
"Oh, I can't wait to have a few days off from work! I'm hoping for those days!"
"Maybe a Christmas bonus, huh?" More hope there.
"The family's going to get together and everyone has to be a little bit nicer 'cause it's Christmas! I'm hoping for that!"
There's a lot of hope. And honestly, more often than not, that's what gets us excited about the season. But what happens?
Christmas ends. You go home. Back to work. Back to school. And all that hope is gone. ...
What's the problem with this? That hope is only centered on the here and now. It's not centered on Christ. It's not centered on His Gospel message of salvation. If it was, that hope would persist every day of the year, even throughout drudgery, difficulties, death.
What exists beyond that veil? What awaits us? That's what Christ provides. Spiritual hope.
Is 62:1-5, Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29, Acts 13:16-17, 22-25, Mt 1:1-25