A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 2: 1-14
"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." The Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer: O Come Let us Adore Him
Obedience to God's order. Everything obeys God, even Quirinius who orders the census that beckons Joseph back to his place of birth- Bethlehem of Judea, the fulfillment of the prophecy. All is part of the Divine plan. Obedience to God allows us to partake in the highest plan of all, the Will of God. The greatest of all human acts is to offer our free will to God in pure faith. This sacrifice of obedience draws us very close to the face of God as it did for Joseph and Mary. This Christmas Day, let us draw strength from Mary and Joseph and let us offer our minds, hearts our very being to the Father, that the will of God may be done in our lives fully. This is what brought about the birth of our Lord, the "Yes" of Mary, the "Yes" of Joseph the obedience of their lives in pure faith, to the fullness of the Father's Will. What is God asking of me right now? What 'obedience' am I being called to? Perhaps to obey the voice of God in the depth of my heart, that calls me to forgive? That calls me to help someone? That calls me to forget myself and serve? That calls me to pull away from the crowds and remain with Him in the silence of my heart in prayer? That calls me to rejoice for another? That calls me to 'right a past wrong'?
Prayer: O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, enlighten, guide strengthen and console me, tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive to all you choose and permit to happen to me, only show me what is Thy most Holy Will.