In our multi-cultural society, Christmas is celebrated in a variety of ways. For some, it is simply a time to gather with family and friends. For others, it is an opportunity to travel to a warm destination. For some, it is a time to enjoy the music and decorations of the season. For others, it is all about the exchange of gifts.
For people of faith, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and be thankful that God has entered the messiness of humanity through his Son.
When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we rejoice in the fact that He has come among us through the family. As we reflect on our own experience of family, we have memories of love, laughs, fun, trust, traditions, encouragement, etc. Though, we also remember times when our families were strained by the difficulties of life – misunderstandings, separation, financial stress, unemployment, etc. We may also remember the burden of suffering associated with a sick child, a family member with grave illness and even the death of a loved one. Yet, we must realize that our families have assisted us to endure these trials with courage, faith, and charity. Let us be consoled that Jesus entered the human condition by way of the family, and with our permission, He desires to accompany us and infuse His own Divine Life into our families just as He did with Mary and Joseph.
Please consider purchasing the Rosary DVD, and pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary on Christmas Day – and on other days during the Christmas season) with your family. It would be an opportunity to reflect on the Holy family and appreciate their model of love, sacrifice, simplicity, collaboration, and confidence in divine providence. By praying the Rosary together, we fundamentally entrust our lives and families to Jesus through Mary and in return, receive their mercy, grace, blessing and protection.
May your hearts be lifted in praise and thanksgiving for the wonderful gift of Jesus.
Fr. Galen and Fr. Francis