Scripture Reflections for the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Vigil Mass

Year B, Lectionary 13

Like Joseph we may not understand what is happening in our lives and even reject our role in God's plan but what we fail to realize is that God's work has been going on since the start of creation. God has been working to grant us salvation and be among us. We need to be attentive to God's guidance and mission to cooperate with the divine plan.

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Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
Acts 13:16-17, 22-25

“one of the first things that Christian evangelists had to establish was not just that Jesus was the Messiah but that he was from the house of David, that he was part of the royal family”

Catholic Productions | "The Messiah: A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse" | Brant Pitre | December 11, 2020
Matthew 1:1-25

“So what you think, you are, you're God's gift to humanity? Yes, you are. If Jesus is God's gift to humanity, you are a part of the life of the living Christ.”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | December 24, 2023

“Jesus is saying 'I didn't come here to make you feel bad because you're not perfect. I came here to show you that perfection is yours' in our God.”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | December 24, 2022

“even the Holy Family...would have had aunts and uncles and cousins in Nazareth who weren't perfect. Even they knew what it meant to live among imperfection. So this Christmas let's all take a deep breath and remind ourselves how holiness makes its home in humanity just like God did at Christmas in the person of Jesus.”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Fr. James Martin, SJ | December 19, 2022

“We will not need to wait until we get to heaven to realize how close God was with us”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | December 19, 2022

“Are we adoring the one we profess to adore? Do we know who it is whom we follow? Do we understand just how radical this baby would grow to be?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | December 24, 2021

“Emmanuel, God is with us. Will it make a difference? Should it make a difference? Can it make a difference? God seems to think so but now it's up to us to decide how much we can and we will give to living out the mission of that baby. Living out the mission of the Christ child.”

Fr. Oscar Pratt |