December 24, 2009
Thank You to Readers
Well, here we are on Christmas Eve. It's the thirty-eighth of my pilgrimage in this world, the eighteenth of my baptism, the tenth of my religious life, and the third of my priesthood. I have the Vigil Mass tonight for the first time, which means my first chance to preach on St. Matthew's genealogy! So a merry Christmas to you, Abraham and David, Amminadab and Zerubbabel. Watch out Tamar and Bathsheba; this homily will be your time to shine.
Later on I will concelebrate at our missa in nocte with the pastor. It will be at ten p.m., following the current Roman custom (how deeply we are invested in a Franciscan liturgical praxis!) I intend to offer the Mass for all of you and your intentions, the regular readers of a minor friar and for all the friends that I have met through blogging. It has been a genuinely providential experience for me to have this means of expressing myself and exploring ideas, to meet so many devout souls and to have a chance to reflect together.
It's the best way I can thank you. Form your intentions if you wish; the Mass tonight is for them.
Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.