Warm greetings to all on this holy day of Christmas, and a special welcome if you are here for the first time or if you are visiting from another parish or faith community.
The celebration of Christmas is especially important for Franciscans, as St. Francis of Assisi himself had a special devotion to the Nativity, and Francis was very much captured by the sense that the God of the entire universe became humble, and was born in a stable in the insignificant village of Bethlehem, and for a time walked among us.
“Incarnation” is a theological term that literally means “God become flesh,” and that understanding is at the heart of our faith: if God becomes flesh, if God is “with us” in our humanity, then what does that mean for how we live in the world? It means that we live with a sense of wonder and awe at the goodness of God’s created world, and that we see ourselves, in our own humanity, as women and men who are created in God’s likeness, and see one another and all of God’s creation in that way as well.
On behalf of all of us here at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, we welcome you and wish you a most Blessed Christmas, and thank you for being with us on this day!