The Greatest Present

by Fr. Jeff

At almost 92 years, she doesn’t leave the house much, if at all. Since she couldn’t make it to Mass, we brought Mass to her.

There, packed into my Grandmother’s small living room, our family crowded around a small folding table. It was another one of the joys of a new priest’s life. Surrounded by my family, we gave God thanks in the highest possible way for the gift of his Son.

As we prayed the Gloria, I returned to the Christmas announcement of the angels:

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” -Luke 2:14

Reflecting on the entire celebration, I felt the greatest Christmas joy in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Christ-child was born into the living room in the form of bread and wine.

Then, we echoed the angels with a simple phrase and gesture, “Peace be with you!”

As I watched, I reveled in the beauty. The peace of Christmas was truly incarnate. “This is what the angels meant. This is the Good News they proclaimed.” There was no room for anything else. Peace–everyone felt it. It brought us closer to each other. It brought us closer to You.

Supernatural peace in the living room: it was the greatest present.

I love being a priest!