Let us not domesticate Christmas! It is something of a miracle that each year Christmas comes and a peace descends upon the whole earth, as families and friends come together to celebrate. Certainly this year we need consolation of friends and family, and we hope and pray that people can find it, in spite of all the restrictions.
Many tend to reduce Christmas to a nice holiday for friends, parties, and gifts - missing the great event that Christmas is meant to manifest. Christmas brings the hope, the deep love, and the power for transformation that our world really needs.
In Chapter 21 of the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus makes a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Having made His way with determination and clarity, He arrives at the Holy City of David, knowing well that He is fulfilling prophecy. His hour has come!
The rejection of the Jewish authorities in those days precipitated the death of the Lord - which He used as His way to conquer sin and death.
We prepare for the birth of our Lord during Advent. The Son of God, Emmanuel, the God who is love - who comes with the freedom that humanity searches for and needs now.
Let’s not domesticate Christmas, merely hoping to settle for a comfy holiday with family and friends. Let us long for the coming of the King of Kings and beseech of Him the true life He holds in His Hands.
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About Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C.
Father James Phalan, C.S.C., is a Catholic priest, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the National Director of Family Rosary. He served as a missionary for many years travelling the globe to help people come to Jesus through Mary as part of the Family Rosary team. Now he is happy to be serving back at home in the USA!