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It's not about you. Our joy, our hope is in Heaven.

Nativity of our Lord, Mass during the Day

December 25, 2022 •

It's a special time of the year - we have high hopes. We get together with family and friends. We give and we receive gifts. It's supposed to be a time of great joy. That makes sense not only spiritually because Christ has come into the world, but because of this opportunity to be with family. To be with friends. To reconnect with one another.

But inevitably, when family gets together, tensions can begin to rise . . . if we're not as virtuous as the Saints, obviously not as virtuous as Jesus Christ, then in those moments of tension and strife, and difficulty, we're not going to behave virtuously.

That being the case - especially at this time of the year - I want you to keep one thing in mind. When you're with your family, tensions rise. Strains, stress, disrespect; whatever is happening to upset you, just remember: this season is not about you.

It's not about you. Don't make it personal.

It's about Jesus. That's why we're together, that's what we're celebrating. This is His birthday, not yours.

Remember that in those moments of tension and stress, frustration, and even resentment.

This celebration is about our Lord.

Merry Christmas!

Is 52:7-10; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

Homily begins at 22:25

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