JESUS IS THE REASON FOR CHRISTMAS!
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).
“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