Jesus is born for us now and in the everlasting life to come
Reflections on the readings for the Christmas Mass During the Day (December 25, 2018): IS 52:7-10; PS 98:1, 2-3,3-4,5-6; HEB 1:1-6; JN 1:1-18
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Over the centuries, one of the Christmas traditions that has become common in many countries around the world is that of gift-giving.
Even where it has taken on a secular tone with the transformation of St. Nicholas to Santa Claus, its origins are found in the birth of Jesus Christ. While we tend to think of the presents given to Him by shepherds and wise men, it is actually the gift that God gave to us that is the essence of this holy day. Despite the sin that separated us from our Lord, He always planned to save us from the consequences of our offence. He sent His Son to live with us, love us and sacrifice Himself for us. “In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, He has spoken to us through the Son, whom He made heir of all things.… When He had accomplished purification from sins, He took His seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Our Savior and His Church certainly want us to enjoy and celebrate Christmas with song, laughter, get-togethers and, yes, gift-giving. But, first, we need to remember the immeasurable love God has for us and wants us to share with others, especially those in great need. And that is true not only today, but every single day of the year. We often talk about Christmas spirit. Let’s make an effort to pass it along each chance we get through our prayers, words, and deeds.
Suggested missionary action: We can share our faith in Jesus by supporting the work of the missions. And this way we will give a Christmas present that helps the souls and bodies of people around the world who need to see God’s mercy in action.
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