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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent (Christmas Eve)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent (Christmas Eve) - 24th December


Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 89:2-5, 27, 29


For you have said: love is built to last for ever, you have fixed your constancy firm in the heavens.
'I have made a covenant with my Chosen One, sworn an oath to my servant David:
I have made your dynasty firm for ever, built your throne stable age after age.'Pause
The heavens praise your wonders, the Lord, your constancy in the gathering of your faithful.


So I shall make him my first-born, the highest of earthly kings.


I have established his dynasty for ever, his throne to be as lasting as the heavens.


Our time of waiting and preparation comes to an end today!


Today I want to share part the Midnight Mass homily by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI last year. You can read the full homily here.


“There is another verse from the Christmas story on which I should like to reflect with you – the angels’ hymn of praise, which they sing out following the announcement of the new-born Saviour: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.” God is glorious. God is pure light, the radiance of truth and love. He is good. He is true goodness, goodness par excellence. The angels surrounding him begin by simply proclaiming the joy of seeing God’s glory. Their song radiates the joy that fills them. In their words, it is as if we were hearing the sounds of heaven. There is no question of attempting to understand the meaning of it all, but simply the overflowing happiness of seeing the pure splendour of God’s truth and love. We want to let this joy reach out and touch us: truth exists, pure goodness exists, pure light exists. God is good, and he is the supreme power above all powers. All this should simply make us joyful tonight, together with the angels and the shepherds.”

Advent Advantage: Rejoice, Christ is born!

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