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The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

December 24, 2011

THE POETRY OF A BABY

Archbishop Timothy Dolan (New York) says that Christmas celebrates the fact that God will not take “No” for an answer.  He just keep trying, he wants to break through to us, he want to get through to us.  Finally God said, maybe they’ll listen to a baby, because nothing changes lives like a baby!

Now I know enough people who have had children to know this to be true, but I would like hear from those of you who have had children.  How did having a baby change you?  What did you learn from that little one?

And so what I would suggest is that those very same things you have learned from your child are in fact the very same things you learn from a relationship with God – only at a broader level that applies to everyone and everything.

This is poetry.  It is metaphor.  It is art.  It is song.  Think of all of the images, sounds, and flavors of Christmas – this is, quite literally, God breaking through into our lives in order to get our attention – to tell us that there is something more than what you have conceived in your mind.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Christmas Eve: (Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-16)

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