Thoughts for the Month

December

After the darkness of November, December, even though it has the shortest hours of daylight each day, has a much brighter air to it.

Perhaps it is because the shops are full of coloured lights, decorations and brightly coloured gifts, or maybe it is because the children are looking forward to Christmas, but somehow the gloom seems to lift.

What does Christmas time mean to most people? Sadly, for many it is a time of stress, pressure from children to buy the latest (and very expensive) modern technology and over indulgence. The true meaning of Christmas seems to have been lost completely.

Political correctness seems to have swept away the old beliefs and celebrations in fear of upsetting those with different ideology. Why?

We should, all of us, be tolerant of different ideals and beliefs but that should not, in any way, make us apologise and hide our true faith. We should rejoice in it and, as believers of other faiths do, stand strong in our faith.

‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel…God with us.’  (Matthew Ch.1v.23)

The ‘trappings’ of the Christmas season, the tree, the decorations, the presents, the huge amounts of food and drink may have become the epitome of Christmas for many, but the true Christmas celebration is remembering the birth, in a simple stable, of a tiny baby. The first visitors were the lowest of the low, the shepherds who believed the good news and put their trust in the safety of their sheep while they visited the ‘new king.’

As with so many simple beliefs and ideas, the true meaning is so often hidden or even forgotten when all the ‘trappings and fripperies’ take over.

May we, this month, as we prepare for Christmas, take a step back from all the ‘razz-a-m-a-tazz’ of the season and think back to the events of 2000 years ago; to the story of that first Christmas when the baby was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn. May we remember the heavenly choir of angels who proclaimed the good news, not to the king or important citizens, but to the outcasts of society, shepherds.

In our Christmas celebrations, may we find time to join others in giving thanks for the ‘Good News’ by going to Midnight Mass or a Christmas morning service and there, offer ourselves as our gift to the Son of God.

 


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