From: Mary Zimmerman
First, perhaps, we should define Christmas: It’s Jesus’ birthday, and we should treat the day as such. Don’t let the world caress you into thinking it’s no big deal, because it is.
Sometimes parents and grandparents go above and beyond in showering their children with so many material gifts. Christmas is about Jesus, and He should be put first. Right now you’re probably thinking, “but Jesus has no need of material gifts.” That is true, but Jesus wants us to turn our hearts and minds to love, prayer, and actively doing the works of mercy: “As long as you did it to the best of my brethren, you did it to me.”
We have a whole month — advent — to prepare our hearts and minds more fully toward the God Who first loved us. Wrap your hearts in prayer and trust by praying the words, “Jesus, I trust in You.” This is not a prayer reserved only for Mercy Sunday; no, it’s important we work toward that trust in God all year long. If we truly trust, we can expect our prayers will be answered — maybe not always the way we want them to be, but remember that God knows best.
Don’t let your Christmas revolve just around shopping, baking, decorating and the like. Yes, that’s part of this great celebration now, but not what the day should truly be about. (December 25 is our grandson Elis’ 7th birthday this year, but he knows who he shares it with.)
Maybe you have drifted away from your church. I assure you the world hasn’t got much to offer, but God does; He has an eternity of happiness in Heaven awaiting you. If you are not presently attending church, this is a great time to come back! Let it be your birthday present to Jesus. He will be so pleased you have turned your eyes away from a worldly life to anticipate the joys of Heaven. I think and wonder about all our little ones, and Duane, who are already in this state of happiness. I’m sure praying for all their family to join them one day. Our prayers mean so much.
We all have a mission in life, but is there anything more important than helping save souls, and allowing those in Purgatory to reach Heaven? I’ve read the time most souls are freed from Purgatory is Christmas.
I hope this article will have some impact on your life. Remember, you want to be in that number when the saints come marching in.
Come Lord Jesus, come. Let’s put Christ back in Christmas; merry Christmas everyone!
P.S. Shortly after I started the final writing of this article, I seriously wondered if I had the right title. I was thinking of how I’d heard you’re now supposed to say “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” As I reflected on this I remembered how lucky we are to have the religious freedom that we do, unlike so many Christian refugees fleeing their homelands for the sake of their belief in God. We should all appreciate that, thank God for it, and use it. God bless America, land of the free, home of the brave.