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Catholic Mass Alone In A Pew
December 25, 2007, 6:56 am
Filed under: My Devotionals

I went to church twice tonight.  Once with my entire family, and once by myself.  The first Christmas eve service was great.  Almost every member of my family came to church together, to celebrate the night that Jesus came to Earth to save us from ourselves.  The second service was a Catholic Midnight Mass.  I have never gone to Midnight Mass before, because I am not Catholic, so I was nervous but still wanted to see how peaceful it could be.  It was all I hoped and more.  Now i must state that I do not believe in all the aspects of the Catholic church, but tonight it got me to a place where I encountered Christ.  I needed to hear the story again.  The story i have heard hundreds of times.  I needed it to sink into my heart and head again.   As i sat silently in the pew alone, I found Jesus beside me.  In the choir, message, Scripture readings, hymns, and communion.  The line that got me, that always gets me is when the priest said this about Jesus, “Behold I Come To Take Away The Sins Of The World.”  Think about that for a second today……….God the Father really sent His only Son to come to Earth and be punished and eventually murdered in our place.  

The story of Christmas is one of celebration of life, but also one of celebration that one day He would die on our behalf……in our place.

So before i go to bed, I encourage you to reread this passage…….even if you have already heard or read it recently…….


Luke 1: 8-19

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

    13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,     14“Glory to God in the highest,       and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

    15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

    16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.


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Josh, I don’t know you but somehow some friends and I stumbled across your blog back in Nov and we check in now and again. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pointing us all back to God! We out here in VA are encouraged by your words. Personally, I liked what you had to say about Christmas. I’m not Catholic either but I agree, there is something amazing about a midnight mass…and thank God He gave us His Word in Luke, no? Merry Christmas.

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