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Luke 1:39-42
Saturday, December 24 2011

Joy is Coming...

Even in the womb, John the Baptist knew that joy was coming in the form of our Savior Jesus Christ:

"During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." -Luke 1:39-42 NAB

I apologize if you were expecting the normal study of Romans today, but we are so close to the Nativity of Our Lord that I could not help myself.  In a few short hours, we will begin to celebrate the coming of our Lord!

Today, I wanted to share where we get the phrase, "Merry Christmas!"  Looking at it from the surface, we can see that it is a celebration for Christ, but where does the rest of it come from?  Well, there is a deeper meaning than you may imagine.

Of course, when we look at the word "Christmas," we quickly see the reference to Jesus; however, if we pull the word apart, we see it for what it really is.  Christmas is short for Christ's Mass, or the Mass we celebrate for Christ.  Mass is an important part of the Christmas celebration, and it shows itself here.

Even the word "Merry" in "Merry Christmas" has significance.  Many incorrectly translate merry as a feeling of joy or happiness.  So, we are basically saying, "Happy Christmas!"  But, when the phrase first came about, it was actually more correctly translated as "blessed."  Wishing someone a "Blessed Christmas!" seems to have a lot more significance.

I hope you enjoy this Christmas season.  May you and yours enjoy Christ's Mass and a very blessed day.  From my heart to yours, I wish you a very, very blessed Christmas!

 

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