Second Sunday of Christmas.
If I may begin with a preliminary remark.
John’s Gospel is a little different to the others – the author has begun to theologize about the historical events. In fact, in the first few lines, the writer summarizes the whole Gospel.
So, let’s get to the real business of today’s homily.
if Christmas is a past event how does God enter our world today?
Firstly, it’s not a past event.
Secondly, God enters our world in many ways but the way he enters par excellence is through the Mass.
Mass perpetuates the incarnation by God’s design. Mass is Jesus Christ continuing his incarnation in our time until his second coming.
This is the wonder of Catholicism, the joy of being a Catholic; that Christmas is not a past event but God is as near as the Mass and the Tabernacle.
In fact, God’s presence in the Mass is more powerful than his presence two thousand years ago – because the Mass is God’s gift of himself, inclusive of his life, death and resurrection in Jesus Christ, it’s therefore not just the person of God, but also the whole work of God, packaged and delivered to your door.
Are you at home?
In the gift of the Mass whereby God continues his incarnation among men and women the same dynamic of acceptance and non-acceptance, belief and unbelief is evident.
Through the gift of the Eucharist He perpetuates (continues) his incarnation, continues to enter the world that has its being through him, yet so often the world does not recognize Him.
He comes to his own people (Catholics) and his own people do not recognize Him!
Just think of how many Catholics have abandoned the Mass? And what they think they’ve abandoned is missing the point!
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.
You can’t separate Jesus Christ and the Mass – same reality.