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Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 25 2011

The Nativity of Our Lord...

Today marks one of the greatest moments in history:

"And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."  -Luke 2:4-7, NAB

Few days are more important in our calendar than today, but it's not because of candy canes, stockings, or flying reindeer.  Today, we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and Christ's Mass (Christmas).

Today is a day that we share with each other gifts, just as the magi brought gifts to the Lord:

"When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.' ...And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." -Matthew 2:1-11, NAB

For all of the gifts that we may share with each other, there is no greater gift that we will receive than what our Lord has already given us.  In the midst of all of your festivities today, take some time to reflect on this awesome gift.  Reflect on the gift of salvation that we have received through Jesus Christ.

The Lord could have come down from heaven as a mighty king in an awesome display of His power and glory; instead, He came down as a helpless infant born in the most unassuming of places.  He forsake glory and came down to live as one of us.  Over 2000 years ago, in a manger half a world away, we received the one and only gift we will ever truly need.

From my family to yours, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!  May the Lord shine on you today, tomorrow, and the rest of your days!

 

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