God sure blesses our priests with the right words to speak to our hearts! I could not begin to restate the motivational and encouraging words of our deacon today. But I desire to try to pass on the message.
Before I pass that on I invite you, with the Church, to pray for priests. The spiritual role we have for them is essential. You will see in the link. They need us. Back to today's homily...
Deacon's messages were great. The part I got was this: the reality of God becoming Man is not limited to one day, but is a call for each of us to accept Christ to rest in the manger of our souls, especially by receiving him frequently in Holy Eucharist. We must let this Babe lie and rest in our hearts. We only have our weak selves to give Him. But this is where we find Him...in our poverty. It is the only way He becomes King of our lives. And possibly He became poor in order to seek His one treasure-- our souls.
One prayer offered in the new missal by St. Thomas Aquinas is his prayer before Mass. It asks God to "enrich my poverty." Why? Why would we want to have more poverty? So our souls' only treasure is God.
Keep the Incarnation alive in your lives daily, every year, all year.
Keep each other in prayer.