The Birth of a Child

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Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

The birth of a child generates different responses. Parents make sure they have everything ready for when the baby comes. The mother experiences the pains during labor. The father goes through some anxiety and worry while he waits for the baby to be born. Grandparents, relatives, and friends make phone calls to see if the baby was born and if everything worked out well. Once the baby is born, safe and sound, all rejoice and there is a great sense of peace, beauty, and awe.

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent which also concludes the Advent season. Also, this Sunday we enter into the Christmas celebration. We celebrate the birth of the Son of God born in the midst of pain, anxieties, and expectation. It is the Word of God made flesh in Jesus that gives us a renewed sense of peace, beauty and awe. Jesus' peace is a reassurance that God is truly with us every moment, every step of our journey. The word made flesh is a reassurance of God's beauty that he shares with all creation. Jesus renews our sense of awe, Divine awe, because God surprises us all with the simplicity of a baby born in a manger.

During Christmas night, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we are invited to enter into Jesus' peace, beauty, and awe. It is a time for us to allow the word to continue becoming flesh in our lives in very simple and surprising ways.

As we enter into this celebration, on behalf of the Dominican Friars of Holy Rosary and the San Martin de Porres Province, I wish you a merry Christmas! Please know that during this time of the year we keep you and your family in our prayers.

-fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.