Scripture Reflections for the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Mass during the Night

Year B, Lectionary 14

The light of God has truly entered the world with the birth of Jesus. God sends us the message to approach the Son of God to find true joy. To let go of our fears and concerns because the Creator has arrived to reside with us. Although present as an infant in a manger we must pay attention to the signs and message of God and have the sight to see God present with us.

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Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14

“A friendship with God is not like friendship with anybody else because God is faithful, God shows up, God will be with you in whatever situation, scenario it is”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | December 24, 2023

“What the feast of Christmas teaches you and I is that we are called to take risk. We're called to take the risk of loving, the risk of helping, the risk of reaching out, the risk of changing our mind, the risk of thinking differently, the risk of seeing people.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | December 24, 2021

“The true king is not the one who has ranging worldly power. The true king is the one who is bound to the other in love, who becomes weak for the sake of the other. Not the one who's well protected in his Palazzo, in his palace but the one who's willing to become vulnerable in love.”

Bishop Robert Barron | December 19, 2007

“at this most joyous time of the year where is Christ present to us? The passage calls us to pay attention to God in our midst even in less than ideal moments.”

Catholic Women Preach | Kayla August | December 25, 2020

“Christmas and Easter are two sides of the same coin. Both tell us that there is nothing—nothing—that is human that God is not willing to enter into in solidarity with us”

Catholic Women Preach | Ann M. Garrido | December 15, 2021

“It's his birthday, not your birthday. What did you get Jesus?”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | "It's his birthday" | Monsignor Raymond East | December 24, 2021

“They listened to the angel and were shown the glory of God”

Fr. Tony Ricard | December 24, 2021

“This is a battle of narratives, if you want. The Aeneid versus Luke's story of the coming of the true emperor and the prevailing of that latter narrative over the former is a matter of empirical verification that we can look around the world today and see the endurance of the great empire of Christ.”

"Bishop Robert Barron on The Nativity of Luke's Gospel" | Bishop Robert Barron | December 20, 2013

“in what way are we laboring, like Mary, to birth God's abiding love into a world so much in need of it especially now?”

Catholic Women Preach | Christine Schenk, CSJ | December 15, 2016

“the big reveal is that God has lept down from Heaven into your situation, whatever it is. Whatever your situation is God is there.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | December 24, 2020

“when we give love, we give the very best gift”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | Fr. Stephen Thorne | January 2, 2019
Overall Readings

“Your situation, the mess you're in should not steal the joy of Christmas, don't let the Grinch steal Christmas and don't let the devil steal your joy”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | December 24, 2023

“many of the Church Fathers saw in the, in the imagery of Jesus the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, they saw...the swaddling clothes point forward to his shroud that his body would be wrapped in after the crucifixion”

Catholic Productions | "Where was Jesus Born?" | Brant Pitre | December 23, 2019

“This baby has changed my life. This baby has changed your life as well and this baby tonight challenges each of us to be the change we want to see in our world.”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "A Baby Will Change Your Life" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | January 1, 2020

“Christmas gives us a new opportunity to trust in his loyalty to us”

Catholic Women Preach | Yadira Vieyra Alvarez | December 19, 2018

“what does our Lady do? She gets on that donkey with her husband and they go do what they're supposed to do. And the baby decides to come, how inconvenient. And there's no room for the savior of the world, so it seems. But he comes anyway.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | December 24, 2020

“God was born on the road, the crib was a feeding trough, the visitors were despised shepherds. By entering into human history this way God identified with the powerless, the oppressed, the poor, and the homeless. And God invites each one of us today to do the same.”

Catholic Women Preach | Shalini Mulackal, PBVM | December 25, 2017