Fr. Larry's Christmas Homily

 

Fr. Larry’s Christmas Homily

 

[adapted from a Jewish Prayer]

 

If He had brought us out from Egypt, and had not carried out judgments against them,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had carried out judgments against them, and not against their idols,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had destroyed their idols, and had not smitten their first-born,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had smitten their first-born, and had not given us their wealth,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had given us their wealth, and had not split the sea for us,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had split the sea for us, and had not taken us through it on dry land,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had taken us through the sea on dry land, and had not drowned our oppressors in it,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had drowned our oppressors in it, and had not supplied our needs in the desert for forty years,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had supplied our needs in the desert for forty years, and not fed us the manna,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had fed us the manna, and had not given us the Sabbath,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had given us the Sabbath, and had not brought us before Mount Sinai,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had brought us before Mount Sinai, and had not given us the Torah,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had given us the Torah, and had not brought us into the land of Israel,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had brought us into the land of Israel, and had not built for us the Holy Temple,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had brought us out of exile and captivity, and had not given us the prophets,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had given us the prophets and had not fulfilled their foretelling,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had fulfilled their foretelling, and had not given us the Virgin,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had given us the Virgin, and had not revealed her blessed name,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had revealed her blessed name, and not given us John the Baptist,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

 

 

If He had given us John the Baptist and had not called Jesus to the Jordan,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He called Jesus to the Jordan, and had not healed the deaf and blind,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had healed the deaf and blind, and had not raised Lazarus from the dead,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had raised Lazarus from the dead, and had not fed us with loaves and fishes,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had fed us with loaves and fishes, and had not calmed the stormy seas,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had calmed the stormy seas, and had not submitted to the scourging,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

If He had submitted to the scourging, and had not cared for those who hurt him,

 

It would have been enough!

 

 

 

In his birth, life, death and resurrection, He saved our souls for all eternity.

 

What will be enough for us this Christmas?