The Bible repeatedly tells us of God’s love. In the beginning – the great advent of time -when God created the heavens and the earth, His love was poured out upon us… and still to this day we are the recipients of that love. Mary and Elizabeth both gave birth to a child that would change the course of history. John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus – preaching a baptism of repentance. Jesus was The Christ… the Savior of the world, the child whose birth will be heralded and celebrated throughout the world. And yet, in the midst of all the wonder and awe of God’s love, are we transformed?
Christmas means many different things to us all. Memories of family, gifts and gatherings may still warm our hearts, but do we know the love that God poured out into even the smallest of our exchanges? So often we reminisce of those good old days, but fail to remember that God is just as alive… just as loving… and just as present in our midst as He was back then. Jesus’ love for us is real – in both the good and the difficult days of our life.
My wish for us all is that we celebrate His love with gratitude. May we have gratitude for the gentleness of hands and the sincerity of efforts – even when we don’t understand or agree. May we have gratitude for the presence of Jesus in the stranger and the friend – even when we are confused or uncertain. May we have gratitude for the opportunity to welcome the peace of God into the world – even when we daily hear of injustice and violence. May we find ways to embrace His love in every event and may your celebration of Christmas 2019 be one of great blessings… for unto us a Son is given.
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas everyone!
Fr. George Vrabel