Bishop Michael Smith celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Nativity in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.
The Bishop welcomed all to the Mass, especially those who
had travelled home to spend time with their families and friends.
In his homily, Bishop Smith reflected
on the nativity accounts in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In
particular, he pointed to the genealogy of Jesus according to the two
Evangelists. “While Matthew traces the origin of Jesus back to Abraham,
our father in faith, Luke attributes the lineage of Adam to the infant
in the manger.
“These two passages of Scripture set
out the direct involvement of the Lord in human history, in the lives of
all who bear the image and likeness of God. That relationship with God
finds its fullest expression in Jesus Christ. He is God-with-us, God
who walks with us.
Not alone is he the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
He is the God of each of us, lived out in our personal relationships
with Jesus Christ.
“The genealogies of Jesus include
saints and sinners, reminding us that all come within the ambit of God,
within the embrace of God’s family. God never abandons us even if we
drift off course, even if we exclude or give little place to God in our
lives. There is always space for us within the heart and love of God.
The only ones that close the door are us.”