The beautiful feast of Christmas is a time of great rejoicing, for God loved us so much he sent his Son to be our Savior. As we see the Christ Child lying in the crib, it’s hard to think of him stretched tight on a cross in a mere thirty-three years later. But for this he was born. For this he came into the world. Christmas begins at the stable in Bethlehem but it extends to the cross.
I would like to relate a story that begins at Christmas but ends at the cross.
Recall how scared and envious King Herod was when the Three Wise Men came to visit the new born King. Remember how he wanted to kill Jesus and how he ordered the death of all baby boys under the age of two years.
An angel woke St. Joseph in the middle of the night and ordered him to flee Herod, and take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. While the Holy Family was traveling, they stopped one night and they were able to stay in a house along the way.
Mary asked the lady of the house for a basin of water so she could give the baby Jesus a bath. When she was finished the lady of the house gave her own infant boy a bath in the same water. Her baby had leprosy, and as she put him in the same water in which Jesus was bathed, he was completely healed.
The story does not end here. As the baby who was healed grew up, he fell in with a bad crowd and became a thief and robber. He eventually was arrested and sentenced to death by crucifixion. This was the man who turned to the man next to him on the cross and cried out “Jesus, remember me when you enter into your reign.”
We should remember that we are like the baby cured from leprosy, our sins forgiven in the waters of Baptism. But we should also be like that baby as a grown man and pray his prayer always – “Jesus Remember Me When You Enter Into Your Reign”. And Jesus answered the Man – “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
St. Stanislaus Kostka Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00 p.m. (Children’s Mass) & 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Mass: 10:00 a.m.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is located at 55756 Tulip Road, New Carlisle.