Christmas is not just a day, but an entire season. It’s celebrated all the way up to the Epiphany. No, it doesn’t mean Christmas gifts every day, but it does mean a celebration of joy that lasts for more than a day, much like Easter. I love everything about Christmas! From the decorations to the food, from the music to the gifts. I especially enjoy the Midnight Mass. But I also remember that it’s a time of sadness for loved ones who have passed at this time of year, couples that have broken up, marriages that ended in divorce, the homeless and the poor, children who receive nothing, the single and the loveless, those lost to alcohol and drugs, the list goes on. For these I sit in front of my decorated tree, playing my blue Christmas music, and cry. This is why the Christ child is so important to me, to remind me of a world he was willing to be born into. An imperfect world, a world full of misery and shame, but also a world filled with hope. A world filled with decency and faith. Do you think this was an accident? Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? Abraham asked God if He would destroy the cities even if there were ten people worth saving and God said He wouldn’t. It’s a lot like that today…Jesus came into the world because there were people worth saving. I love that baby, but you know what? I like the fact that God Himself sent His only son into the world to grant us his grace. What I like even more is the King who is to come…the King who’ll destroy all those sad things I mentioned. No one should be crying at Christmas, unless they’re crying tears of joy. Please remember those less fortunate this Christmas. God bless us…every one. Have a very merry Christmas.
Until next time… have a great Christmas. Love ya!
“Do you know or have youheard? The Lord is theeternal God, creator of the ends of theearth. He does not faint or grow weary,and his knowledge is beyond allscrutiny.” - Isaiah 40:28, NAB
Last Sunday we celebrated the 2nd Sunday of Advent. It should have been a day of praise. Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Think of it as a happy Lent. Everything we do is in anticipation of the coming of the King. It’s a season of quiet waiting, and we wait with joy.
So, do you know or have you heard? It’s not like it’s a secret you know. That God is eternal and is the creator of all life. Since He is the source of life, He doesn’t grow tired, He doesn’t get weak. He doesn’t suffer from the human affliction. The human body grows weak, faint and weary, but not God. That’s why there’s a spirit of Christmas…it goes on and on. We never get tired of Christmas. We get weary of the consumerism of it, but not the spirit of it. The Lord helps us out by “juicing” us when we start to get spiritually faint or weary. Christmas is an embodiment of this. It seems, no matter how tired we get of it…we have a little more strength, a little more spirit. We strive to understand its focal point…God. And with that we keep hoping and praying for peace, and joy. Not the kind that quits after the season, but the kind that’s just like God…eternal. We have a lot of questions, but we’re not listening to the answers. Those answers are all around us. If we just stop, look and listen…we just may see the eternal God in all of it.
Until next time….pray for peace…luv ya!
My hope is that everyone is having a good Advent season. What makes for a good Advent? Why, much of the same things that makes for a good Lent. Prayer, Reconciliation, scripture reading, Holy Communion and even fasting help, they are all great and help brings us closer to God. But have you ever thought of what really makes a worthwhile Advent? If you answered putting the Christ back into Xmas you’ve nailed it. Although the “baby Jesus” we are familiar with at Christmas is a wonderful sight, we need to remember there is something powerful that lies beneath that image. The image of the baby in the manger is a reminder of what level God is ready to stoop to in order to have us back in His presence and that only He can provide the true joy and happiness to fill the void that the darkness of sin has left. No man can promise joy and happiness like God can. That image of baby Jesus cries out the state of man and his spirit: vulnerable, poor, lowly, fit only to be with animals, and yet God wants more for us. So He came down to our level to show us the way. So it’s the things I mentioned before that make for a great Advent: taking care of other’s needs, loving others for who they are and not expecting love in return, not judging, reconciling our relationships, helping the poor, you get my drift. Below that very same image lays the powerful one, the King who is to come. The mature Christian version of that same image is the hope that is to come. If we look at the image of Christ as described in John’s Book of Revelation, it’s anything but cute, and can even be downright scary, and it’s meant to be. (RV 1: 13-16) Remember, that image stayed with Jesus to the end…weak. Remember Luke’s Gospel? Yep, weak. But as the risen King that is to come that image had to change. Remember, this King has to fight! He can’t look all cute and cuddly battling the likes of Satan and his Antichrist. The lamb has now turned into the Lion. But if we are ready, there’s nothing to fear and we recognize Him for who He is, our loving savior. Are we ready to meet the King this Christmas?
Until next time…have a great Advent and please keep those less fortunate in your prayers … luv ya! Deacon Phil