Now that the shopping is over, the gifts are unwrapped, the cards have been sent, and the carols are sung, what about Jesus? Is his message as important as whether or not the shopping season had the hoped for effect on the economy?
Howard Thurman said it so well:
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.
The Mood of Christmas
O God, help me to live the real meaning of Christmas. Let
my actions reflect the Person and not merely cling to the season.
I will let what I believe is the meaning and promise of Christmas Day be seen in my home and my celebrations.
In our personal history, there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows. If we love God and our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light; but if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us. “Whoever hates his brother – writes the Apostle John – is in the darkness; he walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has blinded his eyes”
Pope Francis, Christmas homily
Our rich world has claimed Christmas for itself and has thrust
Jesus outside. Christmas has become a poetic fantasy, a friendly
atmosphere, an exchange of gifts, a symbol of light, stars and
carols, a boom in the sale of luxury goods. And who thinks of Jesus?
I would so like to found a business that would publicize the real
meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is the last word pronounced over us. It tells us that we are loved, that we are free and that we are able to follow the way to God, that we are new-born and can begin again our life and our work of building up society. This word of hope lies behind all the greetings that we send to each other at Christmas. It is the true meaning of all the presents we send to each other. The child who comes to us is the sign given to us that God has opened the door that leads to this way.
Carlo Maria Martini
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.”
John F. MacArthur, Jr.
The event of Christ is the only event in human history that promises relocation and centering, meaning and purpose. This promise and its fulfillment evoke passionate and heartfelt praise and thanks, especially for those aware of their own brokenness and the healing which Christ brings into their lives.