The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin ~ Br. John Carson, Postulant
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made know the message that they had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and see, just as it had been told to them.
In the Gospel reading today we read that the shepherds came to pay homage to the Child Jesus and they told Mary and Joseph of the message the angels told them, after paying homage they returned glorifying and praising God.
What can we give to the Child Jesus in our personal homage, a homage that we can give him every day?
We can be angels spreading the message of Christ to those who want to listen to us.
We are also shepherds who give Jesus our homage. We can give Jesus homage in many different ways, by our example, by our way of live and the way we talk and by being true followers of Christ and let Christ take control of our lives, because that is the best homage we can give, our whole self’s.
When Jesus takes control of our lives we can do anything even those things we think is impossible to do.
In the second reading, we read at God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to ransom those under the law.
Sometimes we are blinded by manmade rules and we forget the laws of Christ, and we are so busy following manmade laws and the law of the Church that we forget to live for God, and worship him with all our hearts.
Churches have so much gold and magnificent statues and pictures and other things, and I keep saying too many churches, that in the simplicity of things God is also glorified.
Some church families are so wrapped up with rules that they do not worship God with their whole being.
As a religious order we have to follow he rule of Holy Father Dominic, but this rule is a simple rule and it can help us to be true followers of Christ.
I would like to finish this sermons with the words of the first reading.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace. Amen.
Amen. Thank you!