The Most Important Thing (((HOMILY))): Christmas

by Father Brian J. Soliven on Thursday December 24, 2020

We're constantly sold the illusion that the accumulation of wealth--the bigger house, the latest iPhone, the bigger truck--will bring us happiness. Nonsense! Of course, there is nothing wrong with those things by themselves. However, when we pin our value on material stuff, then we're trapped in an endless rat race; it's never enough. This Christmas, we remember that lasting happiness and the deepest joys are only found in relationship. In other words, it is love that sets us free. Nothing should be more important than family. After Christmas, I received the greatest gift I could hope for in the form of a simple text message. A parishioner sent me the following message:

"Good morning father. I wanted to share a sweet story with you regarding your homily on Christmas morning. Steven* (name changed for privacy) had a falling out with his twin brother about 8 months ago and had not spoken to him since. After mass on Christmas morning he called his brother and they have been speaking every day since. Merry Christmas." 

Praise the Baby Jesus!