Friday, 19 December 2014

A Message from Father Francis Maple

 
FATHER FRANCIS MAPLE
This Christmas we need to focus on the greatest reality there is - that God loves us so much that He gave us His only Son to free us from our sins! We need to be grateful for His love and respond to His love; and the best way to do that is by surrendering our life completely to Him, as He has surrendered Himself completely to us. How do we do this - by putting Him first in our daily lives? This means that we build our day around Him. We need to give Him quality time in our prayer life. As we meditate on His birth and see Mary holding her divine Child in her arms we can think of her saying, "Would you like to hold Him?" Then she hands Jesus to you and you get to hold the God of the universe in your arms. But we do not just stop there – we realise EVERY DAY we can hold Jesus in our arms when we receive Him in the Eucharist! To believe that Jesus, who is God, and who the Universe cannot even begin to contain, became a little baby for us and continues this humility in the Eucharist is amazing - What a gift He has given to us! How very blessed we are!

I also realize and appreciate that there are some who think Christmas is a hard time. You may be experiencing loneliness or illness, or you may be in sorrow because you have lost someone dear. You need to know that you are never alone! Jesus became one of us so that He could be near us! There is never a time when you need to feel that no one cares or that you have to go through your struggles alone - YOU ARE LOVED! This is what Christmas is about, and this needs to be our hope that brings us through the darkness.

Remember that no matter how dark the darkness is - it can never conquer the Light! Try this - go into a dark room and light a match or candle and watch just how the darkness flees from the power of the light. Jesus is that Light and He is inside of YOU! That is so true. Cling to this Truth, and know His power!

This Christmas let us pray for each other and accept the love of the Christ Child, and of Our Father who gave Him to us, our best Christmas present. Mary and Joseph, we thank you for the part you played in bringing Jesus to our world.

Daily Homilies from Father Francis Maple HERE



6 comments:

  1. Basking in His Light--this Advent Season, Victor!

    Merry Christmas To You & Yours!

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    1. A Very Merry Christmas to you and your family Lulu.

      God bless you.

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  2. So glad to read this article on your site by Father Francis Maple. It confirmed and complemented a few of my Advent contemplations for the past three days. The Holy Spirit inspired me to spend a little bit of time each day this Advent Season on the Father's lap, listening to His heartbeat. Last year it was to spend each day with Blessed Immaculata, Mary Most Holy. Will be posting your article as a "meat dish", and my contemplations as the "veggie dish" on my site to spiritually nourish those who read. Thank you for your work in the vineyard.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Tru. Wishing you a Holy Christmas and a Splendid New Year.

      God bless you.

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  3. A pleasure to read these wise words from Fr. Maple, Victor! Thank you for posting them!

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    1. Thank you Mary.

      Fr Francis now has his own website with a homily each day here: http://fatherfrancismaple.co.uk/content/

      God bless.

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