Christmas is finally here. After all the hustle and bustle preparing, it is difficult not to feel the joy that the festive season brings.
For me personally and on a spiritual level, I felt that the preparations we have done as a family throughout Advent was most meaningful this year.
Our family tradition for Christmas each year has been attending the vigil mass on the eve of Christmas before having a meal with a very close friend and her family. This year was no exception. We had a wonderful meal, prayed just before midnight, and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
It is very clear the theme this year seemed to be about RELATIONSHIPS. As we shared the sermons we have heard earlier at mass, we found that relationships seemed to be the common topic for both priests.
And I started to reflect on how many of the people I know today was a direct and indirect contact made through Christ – they are countless!
As I gaze upon the crib at church this evening, Jesus takes center stage and the spotlight focuses on Him. While Mary & Joseph, the sheperds, and wise men gathered around Him, so we too like them gather and share the love with one another.
It is not about the gifts but rather the giving of oneself unconditionally. The act of giving is an expression of God’s LOVE.
We give our time to nurture relationships with our friends and family. We make each other feel belong, special, and worthy of being loved.
Truly, Christmas was and is the beginning of many relationships.
I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas. A time relationships are rekindled and made new again. A time when new relationships are established and sustained. A time when ALL ARE WELCOME to embrace and be embraced in His love.
Jesus, the reason for the season!