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December 25, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Birth of Jesus

LK 2:1-14

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:  
"Glory to God in the highest  
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."


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The Shepherds

The birth of Jesus quickly spread far and wide thanks to the persistent effort of the first people outside of the manger to learn about it: the shepherds. Why shepherds? Why didn’t God choose a king, a powerful dignitary, or people of great wealth? Why didn’t the three Wise Men or the Holy Family share the news of Jesus’ birth? Shepherds were humble men with very little status. As such, they were looked down upon by almost everyone at that time. Angels appeared to these lowly people in the middle of the night to show that Jesus came into the world for everyone: the wealthy and the destitute, the educated and the ignorant, people of every race. Abraham, Moses, and David were all shepherds, and God made promises to them about future deliverance. God honored this promise by announcing the coming of the Messiah to the shepherds first. Their key role was to spread the news of Christ’s birth as quickly as possible. History tells us that they did this very well.


Take time to chat

• Why is the birth of Jesus so important to people of every time and place?

• In what way does gift giving relate to the birth of Jesus?

• In what way do the lights on our Christmas trees remind us of Jesus?


Recipe of the week

Brunch Puff

8 slices of bacon
2 onions sliced
12 slices of white bread, quartered
½ pound shredded Swiss cheese
8 eggs
4 cups milk
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Can be done ahead of time: Cook bacon until crisp; crumble. Cook onions until soft. Spread ½ of bread in greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with ½ bacon and ½ onions and ½ of the cheese. Repeat layer.

Combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes until set and puffy.


Family Fun

Christmas Brunch

Make Christmas morning extra special by preparing a fancy brunch for your immediate family. After opening presents, your family will appreciate a table set with your finest china, fancy juice glasses, and an assortment of breakfast foods. Put on some religious Christmas carols in the background, light some candles, and enjoy one another's company on one of the holiest days of the year!


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Family Prayer

Lord Jesus,

Help us to focus on you today, remembering that you are our most treasured gift for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that, in both seasons of celebration and seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. You never leave us. Thank you for your daily Presence in our lives, that we can be assured that your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Christmas Mass is a very special liturgy. What are some things that happened at Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day that don’t happen on a regular Sunday?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"For evangelization to have its effect we must ensure that our communities extend a warm welcome to everyone who walks through the door. This entails changing the way we envision the parish. It is natural to think of the parish as the place for those who belong; we are less accustomed to seeing it as the place for those who do not yet belong but are taking their first steps on the journey toward God.”  (Marker 8.3)

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Fun Facts!

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The word Christmas comes from an old English term “Christ’s Mass.”It is the day that marks the celebration of Christ’s birth. This means that while Mass is important every Sunday, Christmas is a day for us to pay special attention during Mass about Jesus.