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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Isaiah 62:6-12)
Jerusalem will enjoy a reversal of its low estate when the Lord’s salvation comes. Its inhabitants will reap the rewards of their labour and be known throughout the whole earth as a holy people, redeemed by the Lord and living in a city no longer forsaken.
The Psalmist celebrates the fact that the Lord is king over the whole earth and calls all people to joyful thanksgiving. The nations behold his superior power and majesty over all other pretenders. His light dawns over the righteous, rescuing them from the wicked.
Second Reading (Titus 3:4-7)
The goodness and love of God has appeared and has saved us through the waters of rebirth and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It was through his mercy and not our own efforts that this occurred, making us heirs of eternal life through grace alone.
Gospel (Luke 2: [1-7], 8-20)
St. Luke tells how Jesus is born in the line and city of David to the praise of angels. They appear to a band of humble shepherds in glorious light, directing them to a simple manger. There they encounter the tiny Messiah whose coming had so stirred the angels.
- The arrival of God’s salvation
- Hoping in God’s salvation
- The universal and enduring significance of the birth of Jesus
- The Light shines in the darkness
- God lifts up the fallen who cannot save themselves