Saturday, December 24, 2011

Truth has arisen from the earth, and justice looked down from heaven!

Blessings this Christmas season from the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace!  If you pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you would have read the sermon from Saint Augustine, during the Office of the Readings on Christmas Eve.  It is one of my favorite readings during this special season. 

Saint Augustine reminds us that we must awaken ourselves and realize that for our sake God has become man.  We would have been lost had God not hastened to our aid.  Each one of us can echo these sentiments.  He goes on to tell us that Christ has become our justice, our sanctification, and our redemption, so; Let him who glories glory in the Lord.  Christ is our Truth who has risen from the earth, He who was born of a Virgin.  And believing in this new born Child, man is justified not by himself but by God.

Truth has arisen from the earth, and justice has looked down from heaven!  The Word took on our flesh, and from Him all good gifts, every perfect gift flows.  So justified by faith, let us be at peace with God! Justice and peace have embraced one another.  We glory not of ourselves but in the Truth who this day has come among us!  With the angelic voices we should cry: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. Christ is our peace "who made the two into one: that we might be men of good will, sweetly linked by the bond of unity."

This is our prayer today for all.  Rejoice and celebrate the love of so good a God who was born to unite us to Himself, now and throughout eternity.  Merry Christmas!

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