Recover the Real Meaning of Christmas!

Why is this time of the year so stressful? We have many parties to go to, we have a lot of shopping to do, we have to travel with the whole family somewhere, we volunteer to help the Committee for the Poor to reach out to those in need and we still have so much to do on our Christmas list. All these things are import ant but can take us away from the real Christmas spirit.

For some people, Christmas is just a “marketing season” or one more family event and sometimes we forget what Christmas is really about. Christmas is a joyful celebration because we celebrate our Savior’s birth. Generations and generations waited for His birth to recover what Adam and Eve had lost.

Right after the original sin, God promised to send a Savior. In the book of Genesis we read: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; they will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel” (Genesis 3:15). This passage is known as the protoevangelium, the first promise of the redeemer to the fallen humankind.

For thousands of years people have been waiting for the Messiah to come. Rejoice because the time came for the Messiah to be born to reconcile us with God and to show us the true way to happiness and fulfillment. He is the new Adam, who makes all things new.

Let’s recover the real meaning of Christmas! How can we do it? Well, we can do it starting with ourselves and with our families. Sharing with others the joy that Christ brings. If you are one of those who think “I can’t wait for the season to be over,” I would like to challenge you to take a deeper look…don’t worry, it won’t be an extra “thing” for your to do list, but something that will make your list shine and be meaningful. Do whatever you do with joy; your attitude can make the difference.

 As Pope Francis said in his last Apostolic Exhortation “Evangeli Gaudium,”

"…an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just came back from a funeral! Let us recover and deepen our enthusiasm, that “delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing, even when it is in tears that we must sow…And may the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ” 

 Are you up to the challenge to share the Joy of the birth of Christ with those around you? One by one we can make the difference, because Christmas is Jesus!

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