Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena

A Parish of the Archdiocese of New York served by the Dominican Friars

December 23, 2017

Christmas – Pastor’s Reflection (December 24, 2017)

Christmas serves up a feast of preaching in which the words of clergy figure only as a side dish. Consider how eloquently the music of the season ponders the mystery of the Incarnation; Christmas carols join play to doctrinal sophistication, saucing instruction with delight. Think too of how adroitly the creche persuades with its wordless oratory.

Each of us also preaches Christ as we make our love tangible to people in the gifts we select, wrap, and deliver.  In our decorated homes our loved ones find welcome and safety, and from our abundant tables they derive well-being that will carry them through winter. By card, call, and email we have put new life into old relationships. In all of this activity we echo the message of the
Christmas Gospel.

Without words the Christ child tells us we are as safe in the Father’s care as he is in Mary’s. As we extend ourselves this Christmas we show this promise to be reliable as a basis for living in the present.

If you are visiting our parish we hope that you find evidence in our celebrations that the Incarnation of the Lord continues to inspire and shape people in our time.

If you or worship with us regularly as a parishioner or as a friend, we hope you will always find Christ’s truth and Christ’s welcome in our churches and our common life. Thank you as well for making our Advent such a hope inducing season.

In what we hear and say, give and receive; in how we welcome and are welcomed, may we experience the most eloquent of seasons.

Merry Christmas.
Fr. Walter