In the genre of the day, Wikipedia defines “Christmas” this way: Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. While “billions of people around the world” are celebrating this day either as a religious day or a cultural day, nonetheless they still call it Christmas, yet we, among the billions, are subjected to the so-called ‘politically correct’ practice of wishing one another “Happy Holidays” and not “Merry or Blessed Christmas” so as not offend the ‘sensitivity’ of those who don’t believe in Christianity. Last time I checked Christians are still a majority (76%) in the U.S. and yet individuals, businesses, communities, and large corporations cave to the pressure of the “vocal minorities” and only display and say “Happy Holidays” with no reference to “Christmas” in their advertising, store displays, and customer greetings. There’s a YouTube video of a new Christmas song that everyone should watch and take to heart:
Don’t let political correctness erode your own appreciation of the Christmas Season that begins with the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus, taking on human nature while retaining Divine nature in order to redeem humankind from the ravages of sin. “And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7) The “inn” is the archetype of today’s world. There’s no ‘place’ for Christ in our daily life…it’s reserved to its ‘proper time and place’, namely, an hour a week in a church! Don’t allow the Anti-Christian culture proponents to invade your life and family. Take time with your family on Christmas Eve or Day to spend a few minutes reading aloud Luke 2: 1-14 even though you may have already heard it at Mass. Read it slowly and think about the incredible impact that this event has had on the world for over 2000 years. Christmas as a liturgical celebration happens only once a year, but the coming of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity happens every day in the celebration of the Eucharist. Make an early New’ Year’s Resolution to try to celebrate the coming of Christ in Mass one more time per week than you are doing now, or add an hour of Adoration once a week on Wednesday or Friday when we have it here at St. Francis. Christmas is an incredible story of the first step in the greatest act of love ever done or experienced on this earth. In our efforts to transform our Catholic family at St. Francis into “The most inspiring and active Church where Catholics live the FAITH” (our Vision) these small steps will have a very big impact. May God bless you and your family with the abundance of graces and peace at this holy time of Christmas! Repeat of 2014 message…timeless!
Pastor’s Points is a bi-weekly feature about faith, family, and life, from our pastor, Father James Flynn. It is published in our parish bulletins, as well.