The most holy night of Christmas is sanctified by a midnight Mass, recalling the temporal birth of Christ in His coming of grace. The early dawn is sanctified by the Mass of the Shepherds, bringing to mind the birth of Christ in our souls by grace. Then the third Mass in the full light of day reminds us of the eternal birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity from all eternity in the Bosom of the Eternal Father.
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, as it were the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, — Gospel of the Third Mass.
The Imitation of Christ
Make, therefore, the soul of thy servant joyful this day, because unto Thee have I lifted up my soul, Lord Jesus.
The sweet attractiveness of childhood reaches its perfection in the Divine Child. No wonder this same Divine Child, when He had grown to manhood, taught us that “Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
There is all the difference in the world between being childish and childlike. Let us be good children today and thank our heavenly Father for that Gift of gifts, His only-begotten Son. Let us be unselfish children, content with what we have and willing to share with others to make them happy.
Jesus, judge me as a child.