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December 01, 2020

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DG BookGospel: Luke 10:21-24
At that time, Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and said,
“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned,
and made them known to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
I have been given all things by my Father, so that no one knows the Son except the Father,

and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said to them privately, “Fortunate are you to see what you see,
for I tell you, that many prophets and kings would have liked to see what you see,
but did not see it; and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

December is the “Christmas month.” This is the month of great expectations.
We hope to receive and we get ready to give. The readings today let us focus on who we expect this Christmas,
the Holy Infant, Jesus! Isaiah pro­phesied the coming of a descen­dant of David,
the son of Jesse, one who would be King! He introduces this future King as a King of Justice and Peace.
He would proclaim justice and establish peace. This King would, however,
reign not by the exercise of tyrannical power but by the tenderness of a child!
This child King would mark his reign with the work of reconciliation, of bringing the “wolf”
to mingle with the “lamb” and the “lion” with the “calf.”
The mission of the childking will be to banish war and bring about peace.
This will happen, the prophet says, when people begin to live with “the knowledge of Yahweh.”
This knowledge of the ways of God will become known to those who would know the Son of the Father.
Jesus in the Gospel invites all to become like him, “the little one.”
Only those who become childlike can know the will of the Father.
This “Christmas month” is learning to become like a child again.
After all Christmas is for children!

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