To the people of God in the community of St. Anne’s! Grace and peace be with you as we prepare to celebrate together the Feast of the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
It’s that time of year – the last Christmas rush – making sure the lights are hung, the presents bought, the food prepared…it’s easy for us to forget what all the preparations are supposed to be for. During this last rush we end up forgetting to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord – and isn’t that truly what Christmas is all about?
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
The good news which we celebrate on Christmas is that God has come to us, not with power and might, but as an infant, fragile and vulnerable, assuming our own human nature. The good news of Christmas is the good news of the mystery of the Incarnation, Jesus fully human and fully divine. The Divine became one of us as an infant, to show us the way to God. Even in the face of darkness and pain, which Jesus Himself experienced, we know that God walks with us. Christmas is about the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives and in our hearts. It is the celebration of His birth — the gift of God to us all.
So, this Christmas, let us remember that the presents we give, we give in thanksgiving for the greatest present of all time, the gift of Christ. Let us decorate, light candles, celebrate and feast on wonderful foods to remind us of the victory won for us on a very special night long ago. Let us re-read the great story of God’s gift to us and tell it in song so that it is never forgotten. Most importantly, through the grace of God’s Spirit, let us share the gift of love that has been given to us
Are you ready for Christmas? It is never too late to choose to follow the way of Christ, our Savior, who was born in a stable and lives forever. May you have a blessed and holy Christmas season. - Fr. Lee+