As we prepare for Christmas, the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we reflect upon today’s readings.* Jesus is not only the reason for the celebration of Christmas, but He is our reason for hope, no matter what else is happening in the world.

The fact that Jesus, Who is God, came down to earth because He loves us (I mean, think of it—the God Who made you and I and everyone we love; the God Who made the beauty of the earth and the sky, the God Who created all of humanity, loves us so much that He became one of us!) is better than all of the presents and celebrations and candy combined!

2020, I think everyone can agree, has been a difficult year. It is possible that this year, we may be experiencing Christmas in a different way than we’ve ever experienced it before, especially those of us who have lived all of our lives in a free country. But take heart! Christmas is still coming! No one can stop Christmas from coming no matter what they do! The true meaning of Christmas has never changed. Jesus is the Good News, the reason for the season of Christmas, the ultimate reason for the hope that we have this season. God is still God and we are still His people and no one, no matter how seemingly powerful, can change that.

It reminds me of the Dr. Suess children’s movie, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Theodore Geisel was a very wise man who imparted that wisdom in his lovely children’s stories. One of those lovely stories was the classic favorite, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I can think of a few Grinches who are in power right now who would like to stop Christmas from coming. But do you remember how the Whos down in Whoville responded when the Grinch took away every present they had and all of the food and decorations that symbolized Christmas?

They sang anyway. Christmas came–joyfully—anyway.

“…Christmas Day is in our grasp as long as we have hands to clasp…..” they sang loudly and beautifully. Christmas doesn’t come from a store, realized the Grinch. Christmas means a little bit more.

There are ways to interpret that song and “hands to clasp” We have each other. But even when we are apart (and I would encourage you not to be apart) we have our God, we have Jesus, we have the One Who loves us and came to earth to save us. Our hands clasping together, we have prayer, our connection to God that no one can take away.

Romans 8:38-39 NIV

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers…neither height or depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We still have Christmas, no matter how hard anyone tries to stop it from coming. In Jesus we have a treasure that no one can ever take away from us, no matter who they are.

Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and your families. And may you have a beautiful Advent in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ!!

Here is a lovely app that has everything you need to prepare for Advent, to pray the Rosary, to go to Mass and to even watch movies for free! It’s free to download and is called, OLMCTEMPE, available at Google Play (and I imagine other services like Apple).

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”

  • *Today’s readings are:
  • RV 14:14-19, Psalm 96:10, 11-12, 13
  • RV 2:10C
  • Gospel LK 21:5-11

Happy Easter!!! He is Risen!!!

John 19:41 (English Standard Version)

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.

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Happy Easter!!!! He is Risen!!!!

John 20+

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.File:Victory over the Grave.jpg

T’was the Month Before Christmas…..

Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas – no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
not Happy Holiday !
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet
Christ is The Reason’ for the Christ-mas Season!!!!

(This is a very clever and unfortunately true early Christmas card that is being passed on through emails this year.  Many thanks to the brilliant and insightful author, and may our Christmas celebrations of the future begin again to belong to Christ!)