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PEARLS OF WISDOM from Samuel, the prophet

 

The LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:10

PEARLS OF WISDOM from John the Baptist

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: 

“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water; 
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

PEARLS OF WISDOM from Christmas Carols

WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

William Chatterton Dix, published ca. 1865

 

What Child is this, who laid to rest,

On Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

 

Why lies He in such mean estate

Where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christian, fear: for sinners here,

The silent Word is pleading.

This, this is Christ the King

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

 

Nails, spear, shall pierce Him through,

The Cross be borne, for me, for you:

Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,

The Babe, the Son of Mary!

This, this is Christ the King

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

 

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh

All tongues and peoples own Him

The King of kings salvation brings

Let loving hearts enthrone Him

This, this is Christ the King

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

 

January 3, 2018

 

See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God. 
Yet so we are through his Son born to us.

Summary of the Christmas Mystery

 

1 Of the Father’s love begotten

ere the worlds began to be,

He is Alpha and Omega;

He the source, the ending He,

of the things that are, that have been,

and that future years shall see

evermore and evermore!

 

2 O that birth forever blessed,

when a virgin, full of grace,

by the Holy Ghost conceiving,

bore the Savior of our race;

and the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,

first revealed his sacred face,

evermore and evermore!

 

3 O ye heights of heaven adore Him,

angel hosts, His praises sing,

pow’ers, dominions, bow before Him,

and extol our God and King;

let no tongue on earth be silent,

ev’ery voice in concert ring

evermore and evermore!

 

4 Christ, to Thee with God the Father

and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,

hymn and chant and high thanksgiving

and unwearied praises be:

honor, glory, and dominion,

and eternal victory

evermore and evermore!

Prudentius, 4th Century 

PEARLS OF WISDOM from the Letter to the Hebrews

 

At many moments in the past and by many means, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;

but  in our time, the final days, he has spoken to us in the person of his Son,

He is the reflection of God’s glory and bears the impress of God’s own being,

sustaining all things by his powerful command;

and now that he has purged sins away,

he has taken his seat at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high.

So he is now as far above the angels as the title which he has inherited is higher than their own name.

To which of the angels, then, has God ever said:

You are my Son, today I have fathered you, or:

I shall be a father to him and he a son to me?

PEARLS OF WISDOM from Bishop Quodvultdeus (what God wants)

They cannot speak, yet they bear witness to Christ 

A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if he would have faith in the child, he himself would reign in peace in this life and for ever in the life to come.

Why are you afraid, Herod, when you hear of the birth of a king? He does not come to drive you out, but to conquer the devil. But because you do not understand this you are disturbed and in a rage, and to destroy one child whom you seek, you show your cruelty in the death of so many children.

You are not restrained by the love of weeping mothers or fathers mourning the deaths of their sons, nor by the cries and sobs of the children. You destroy those who are tiny in body because fear is destroying your heart. You imagine that if you accomplish your desire you can prolong your own life, though you are seeking to kill Life himself.

Yet your throne is threatened by the source of grace, so small, yet so great, who is lying in the manger. He is using you, all unaware of it, to work out his own purposes freeing souls from captivity to the devil. He has taken up the sons of the enemy into the ranks of God’s adopted children.

The children die for Christ, though they do not know it. The parents mourn for the death of martyrs. The child makes of those as yet unable to speak fit witnesses to himself. See the kind of kingdom that is his, coming as he did in order to be this kind of king. See how the deliverer is already working deliverance, the saviour already working salvation.

But you, Herod, do not know this and are disturbed and furious. While you vent your fury against the child, you are already paying him homage, and do not know it.

How great a gift of grace is here! To what merits of their own do the children owe this kind of victory? They cannot speak, yet they bear witness to Christ. They cannot use their limbs to engage in battle, yet already they bear off the palm of victory. 

PEARLS OF WISDOM from the Altar MIssal

For on the Christmas feast of this awe-filled mystery,
though invisible in his own divine nature,
he has appeared visibly in ours;
and begotten before all ages,
he has begun to exist in time;
so that, raising up in himself all that was cast down,
he might restore unity to all creation
and call straying humanity back to the heavenly Kingdom.

(Preface of Christmas II)

PEARLS OF WISDOM from the Christmas Angels

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,

we bless you,

we adore you,

we glorify you,

we give you thanks for your great glory,

Lord God, heavenly King,

O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us;

you take away the sins of the world,

receive our prayer;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father,

have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.