Behold, I Make All Things New”

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerrit van Honthorst

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerrit van Honthorst

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who are weighed down from of old
by slavery beneath the yoke of sin,
may be set free by the newness
of the long-awaited Nativity
of your Only Begotten Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

                                 – Collect from Mass for December 18, Roman Missal

How can the mystery of Christmas deepen our confidence that God can still make our lives new, even when we least expect it?

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