I went to the 9PM Christmas Eve Mass at Blessed Trinity Church. As usual the Church was packed around this time of year. The Wests welcomed us with Christmas carols*.
The homily tonight was very touching… a powerful Christmas message from Father Sheehy. I’ve asked him for the written version… and I’ll post it for you all once I get it.
In today’s world faith is questioned again and again… and most of the times are kept at the corner of our modern lives. Do we still need it? As people of reason the humility to bow and kneel in front of an unseen God is so humiliating ~ it mocks our intelligence.
Father Sheehy analogized our deafblind soul as the deafblind Helen Keller** before she met Anne Sullivan. Only with Anne’s persistence and undying efforts Helen could raise beyond everybody’s expectation, learning about the unseen and the unknown… became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In order to pass the seal of our approval, we need to see, we need to hear, and we need the faith in God to fit into our reasoning. We did nothing wrong ~ if we did, then He has to do His share to forgive us… He has to follow us, all our logic and senses.
Oh, who is the Boss here? He or us?
If we strip all our triumphs, glories, masterpieces,
and achievements, is there anything left of us?
Father Sheehy concluded his homily by telling about Blessed Mother Teresa. Blessed Mother Teresa lived in dark holes, among the poorest of the poor, the lowest caste in society, the unwanted, the forgotten, the abandoned, the unloved… yet she could see His light and be the light for the poorest of the poor, the lowest caste in society, the unwanted, the forgotten, the abandoned, the unloved. How could she do it? She said faith comes easily in joyful trusting heart ~ when we come to God in humility, humbly bowing and kneeling in front of Him and ask Him to strengthen our faith. Can we do it?
Gloria in Excelsis Deo! Glory be to God on high!
Child of Joy and Peace
Child of joy and peace, born to every race –
by your star, the wise will know you,
East and West their homage show you,
look into your face,
child of joy and peace.
Born among the poor on a stable floor,
cold and raw,
you know our hunger,
weep our tears and cry our anger,
yet you tell us more,
born among the poor.
Every child needs bread till the world is fed;
you give bread,
your hands enable all to gather round your table –
Christmas must be shared,
every child needs bread.
Son of poverty,
shame us till we see self concerned,
how we deny you,
by our greed we crucify you
on a Christmas tree,
Son of poverty.
By: Shirley E. Murray and David Haas
*The Wests, especially Jill and Kevin West, have sung at the 4:30PM Saturday Mass for over 30 years at the Blessed Trinity Church in Toronto. For special occasions their children Ryan and Bronwyn also sing with them. They dedicated all proceeds of their CD “A Star Dancing in the Night” to the Dr. Simone, Canadian Food for Children ~ one CD ($10) can feed 240 children in the developing countries.
**Link to the life of Helen Keller