In A Christmas Carol we see two completely different portraits of Ebenezer Scrooge: on one hand he is a tight-fisted miser whose heart is cold; on the other hand he is a fully alive uncle and employer who wishes "Merry Christmas!" to friends and strangers alike.
What happened? What brought about the transformation? Simply put, the power of Christmas - Jesus Christ - touched his heart and changed his life.
This power continue to speak to us today. The incarnation of Jesus - God becoming like us - removes all barriers and obstacles that keep us from the Lord and one another. By recognizing the parts of our lives that have "Bah! Humbug!" and turning to Christ, we can receive the power and grace of Christmas.
December 25, 2014 - Midnight Mass - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI
Fr. Andrew Ricci