And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.”
With all the Christmas shopping and other aggravations this year, let us take time to remember what we are celebrating. As a Catholic, I believe that two-thousand years ago, God sent us his son, our Saviour, who would not only teach us, but sacrifice himself for our salvation. It is hard not to be overwhelmed by the love this man had for all of us, regardless of who you are, Jew or gentile. His teachings would not only change the Roman Empire, but would shape the course of world history.
Even if you do not believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God, especially if you’re an atheist, do not forget his words and actions. Take comfort in knowing that humanity can be taught, not just tolerance, but compassion. It is during Christmas that we see just how compassionate people can be. It is a time for giving gifts to loved ones and donations to the needy. There is no other time of the year that one can see such selfless behaviour.
From my family to yours, regardless of religion, Merry Christmas.