Dec 242011

The Preparation Ends Tonight For He is Coming!

O Holy NightToday is the last day of Advent, the four weeks of preparation for the coming of the Christ. Tomorrow (actually tonight) begins the Christmas Season during which we celebrate the second greatest event in human history: the Incarnation of God becoming man and dwelling among us.

The celebration of the Christmas Season is called Christmastide. You know it as “The Twelve Days of Christmas” because of the song. Many retailers have turned this celebration around as a countdown to Christmas rather counting the length of the celebration. Celebrating the Incarnation is too big to be done all in one day.


Mary’s account of the birth of Jesus—as told by Luke—says the shepherds where watching their sheep by night when the heavenly host announced the birth. Can you imagine what that must have been like to see? This is why the night of December 24 is a Holy and Silent Night. If you are able, attend Mass tonight.

Today’s Readings

First Reading : 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Second Reading : Acts 10: 34-38
Gospel : Luke 1:67-79

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” ~ 1 John 1:14

Change Your Undecorating Plans

Since many Americans decorate for Christmas while the remains of Thanksgiving are in still in the fridge, by December 26, they are ready for tree, mistletoe, and candles to go. If this describes you, consider changing your plans this year.

If nothing else, leave out your Nativities. If you already have the Kings/Magi/Wise Guys before the Christ, remove them. On January 6—12 days from tomorrow—we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany when the Kings arrived.