Even as we dash about with our Christmas shopping, Christmas cooking and Christmas partying, most of us do take the time to consider the world-changing event we commemorate in two weeks: the Word made flesh and dwelling among us, as John’s Gospel states it so eloquently. Whether by reading and praying the daily Scripture passages, attending Mass or simply reaching out in hospitality to others, we demonstrate our belief in Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, who became human to save us all.
Here in Manhattan, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is filled with tourists who come to the crèche. And Baby Jesus’ little image won’t be there until Midnight of Christmas Eve! These visitors are coming to connect with the real meaning of Christmas. They haven’t forgotten Luke’s infancy narrative.
I always hope that the site of the crèche will inspire people to learn more about the Gospel of Luke and the rest of the Bible. Bible study is a great way to keep the spirit of Christmas going.
I am happy to announce that the New York Catholic Bible School program, which is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, will open two new sites in January: at the Church of Augustine in Larchmont on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00, beginning January 6; and at the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, beginning January 29. You can learn more and register at our website.
The New York Catholic Bible School was created for our catechetical leaders to enrich their knowledge of Scripture, but we welcome all interested adults, especially those who serve in parish ministries such as lectors. Whether we attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days or go every day, we don’t have the opportunity to really discover the Bible book by book, Old and New Testament.
This is your chance. Think of it as a well-deserved gift to yourself. Join us.