What is the point of celebrating Christmas each year?
Office parties, gift exchanges, baking, decorating why do we go through this every year.
The focus always appears to be more about the festivities than the true meaning of Christmas.
We all know the saying that it is better to give than to receive. It is that message that has skewed the true meaning of Christmas.
The message needs to be to receive the gift of Christ that God has given us.
We need to use the Advent season to prepare a home for Christ in our hearts so the we can receive God’s greatest gift and then need to go out and give that same gift that is in our hearts to others.
We need to use Christmas as a way to recharge ourselves so that we can spread the Light of Christ throughout the year.
The Gospel message that was read on Christmas day this year tells us to accept and testify that Christ is the light for the world.
Gospel JN 1:1-18
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.