Jenn and I bundled up as we warmed up the car and drove downtown to celebrate the sacred mysteries on our second day of the Simbang Gabi. Saint Patrick Parish in the heart of downtown San Francisco holds a very special place in my heart because this is the parish where I was introduced to the early morning novena Masses leading up to the Christmas Season. We entered the sacred space filled with filipinos, parol lanterns, and the sounds of the adult choir and my grandmother’s tambourine which she has used for these festivities since 1976.
In one sense, coming to this parish is very much filled with the warmth of coming home at Christmas. It is very appropriate that this morning the Genealogy of Christ according to Matthew was proclaimed – “the Father of…” type of Gospel.
The Word takes on flesh in a very real way and enters the human family through the consent of teenage virgin and the power of the Almighty. The Word finds a humble dwelling in the womb prepared from the beginning of the age. The Word comes in the fullness of time (Gal. 4.4-7).
That’s how much God desires to save us from sin – he comes to us himself. He could have done it any other way! Yet, this is the way he chose – through the lowliness of a cave, through the obedience of the Virgin. All for us! This is what Christmas is about. No wonder family is important this time of the year. He assumes our life and becomes flesh and his mother is there with him! Ubique de Ipso – Where there is Jesus, there is Mary. Family.