THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT YOU COULD GET

 

 

Beneath all the visible sights and sounds of Christmas, take time to consider and enjoy the best Christmas gift you’ll ever be given.  It is God’s Christmas gift to you.

God’s Christmas gift to you has three qualities that make it unique.  First, it is the most expensive gift you’ll ever receive.  It is priceless.  Second, it’s the only gift you’ll receive that would last forever.  Finally, it is an extremely practical gift – one you’ll use every day for the rest of your life.  In fact, it may be that all your whole life up to this moment has been preparing you to receive God’s Christmas gift to you.

 

 

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It’s the most beautiful baby one could ever see wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger.  He will transform your life for the better here on earth and forever in eternity.

“A Savior has been born to you

He is Christ the Lord!” Luke 2:11

Christmas is a time for celebration!  Christmas is a party.  Specifically, it’s a birthday party – for Jesus – and birthdays are meant to be celebrated.  It’s why we say “Merry Christmas!”

Ironically, at most Christmas parties the person whose birthday we’re supposed to be celebrating is completely ignored.  He’s never even mentioned.  Although Jesus is the reason for the season, He’s often overlooked or merely mentioned with Santa Clause, Rudolph, Frosty Snowman, and a long list of celebrated fictional characters.

Jesus is the reason for Christmas.  We learn from the angel’s opening statement to the shepherds of Bethlehem.

“I bring you good news of great joy

that will be for all people.” (Luke 9:10)

God had a wonderful news for us that would cause us all to rejoice, celebrate and throw a party.

For the past four decades, it has been our family tradition to celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Christmas Eve complete with birthday cake and candles that the youngest child (and now grandchild) gets to blow out.  Three generations now participate in the sharing.  Each family member takes a turn sharing his or her answer to two personal questions:  “What, from this past year, are you thankful to God for?” and “Since it’s Jesus’ birthday, what gift will you give Him this year?”  These two simple questions have prompted some of the most profound and moving moments in our family history.

Because of today’s pace of life, we quickly forget all the good things God does for us, and we move on to the next challenge.  That’s why we want to keep an annual celebration, a birthday party for Jesus in our home with family and close friends.  It makes us grow stronger and closer to God and to one another.

Most of all, the entire reason for celebrating Christmas is love of God.  God loves us so much that He came to earth as a human so we could get to know Him and learn to trust Him and love Him back.  God became one of us, a human being so we could understand what He is really like.  He came himself.  He really wants us to know how much He loves us and He has to say it personally.  That’s what God did at Christmas.

There’s nothing we can do that will make God stop loving us.  You can try – but you’d fail – because God’s love for us is based on His character, not our conduct.  It’s based on who He is, not what we’ve done.

God came to earth on that cold December night to remind us that He is always with us, no matter who you are, what you’ve done, where you’ve been, or where you’re headed.  That is a fact, whether you feel it or not.

If Jesus is in your heart, it’s Christmas!

 

May the joy of the Nativity be yours.  Merry Christmas!

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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