“They shall be called the holy people.”

The Mass at Dawn for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord is taken from Isaiah 62 (vv. 11-12).  “Daughter Zion,” that is, Jerusalem is promised a savior by Isaiah.

In the New Testament, Zion comes to symbolize the entire Church (see esp. Heb 12:22 and Rev 14:1).  The anticipated savior was born this day over two thousand years ago.  Holiness itself became incarnate in Jesus.  Only through Him can we become holy.  But is this trait one that we find prevalent among Christians?  Is our example one that makes an impression and transforms lives?  The Christ came to make us holy but He does not force it on us.  We are called to reform our own lives and change the world.  As we open ourselves to the graces God makes available we find that we can move mountains (see Mt 17:20).  Far too often, all that people see is sin and division when they consider Christians.  What they see is far from a “holy people,” ones who should be emulated.  This is not the way the Lord wanted it — He wants us to make disciples (see Jn 17:20-21) not turn them away by our actions.  How can we make disciples of all nations when we are not whole or holy?

On this Christmas Day, may we strive all the more to become holy by remembering the One who became man in order to bring holiness in person.  May it never be said of any person that he rejects this Christmas gift.

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