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Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s message for Christmas 2022

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It’s all very private, of us!

Please, do take it private!

I’m speaking concerning the thriller and which means of Christmas.

We regularly think about God as completely – past – us, approach – up – there, utterly different, incomprehensible, unapproachable. We’re proper: the all-powerful, omniscient, ineffable God of existence is in a method out of our realm of comprehension.

However . . . He has additionally revealed Himself as nearer to us than we’re to ourselves, personally, passionately, eternally, head-over-heels in love with us. The Bible is His “love letter” to us, and He will get very private.

This Lord revealed Himself to His beloved chosen folks of Israel, our neighbors lately celebrating the “Feast of Lights.” He whispered to them that, sure, He was the thundering God of the universe, who doesn’t need unusual, false Gods to be worshipped, as a result of, effectively, He’s jealous! His love for us is so passionate, private, everlasting, that He needs us all for Himself!

This one, true God inform us He’s our Father, our shepherd, our lover, our good friend,
our defender, our advocate. Nothing distant, scientific, cerebral about it. That is all very
private.

Timothy Dolan, other priests at alter of St. Patrick's Cathedral
Cardinal Timothy Dolan oversees a Christmas mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
St.Patrick’s Cathedral


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For us who declare to be Christians, it will get literal: this God really turns into one-
of-us, Emmanuel, “God-is-with-us”; He has a reputation, Jesus, which implies “Savior”; He
has a mom, Mary, and an earthly, foster father, Joseph – – His actual Father is God – –
as He’s true God and true man.

It will get extra down-to-earth: this Jesus doesn’t show-up as an grownup, however as a
child, born of a lady, positioned in a crib, in a bit of city referred to as Bethlehem. Our God is so
shut, so private, so accessible, He may be picked up and hugged, held and embraced.
Neglect the incomprehensible stuff.

From the times of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses, God has needed to remodel us, to convey us nearer to Him, to say us as His personal.

Boy, did He ever accomplish that on Christmas morning!

A packed Christmas Day Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral.
A packed Christmas Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
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As a younger priest, I knew a youngster, “Bart,” who was actually messed-up: beer,
medication, school-drop-out, runaway, arrests. I labored intently with him, however we misplaced contact
after I was transferred.

Ten years or so later, now in a brand new parish, a UPS man shows-up on the door
Christmas eve morning with a bundle. It was Bart! We acknowledged one another, smiled,
and embraced.

“Bart,” I ask, “how have issues labored out?”

“Father Tim,” he replied, “you don’t have to fret about me anymore! I’m
married and I bought a bit of child boy. My life’s so as.”

This child, born on Christmas, certain makes God very private. We higher get our
lives so as.

A blessed Christmas!