The Christmas message needs so much more than all our yuletide songs, decorations, shared gifts, and special holiday meals. The announcement of Christmas needs implementation – action through credible attitudes and behaviors. Christmas needs to be felt, lived and experienced in society. Those of us who observe Christmas must make this feast more than a past memory. We must make Christmas a feast of the present – a newly lived event in our society this year. How can we make experiential this Christmas message of God’s love? First by remembering that the first gift of Christmas is The Child of wonder. Then by loving and giving ourselves as does the child, and making what we say and do credible signs, testimonies, declarations of God is with us.
So this Christmas, as we celebrate the feast of God’s presence and love among us, let us proclaim God’s soothing message: “Comfort my people, speak tenderly to them and let them know their struggle is over… the glory of the Lord shall be revealed for God has spoken it.” “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son… so say to the cities behold God is here.” Finally, God says: “Arise and shine forth for your light has come… a child is born, a son is given, and his name shall be called Mighty God, Prince of peace.” This is the good news: “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to all people of good will.” Nearly 1,250 years ago, Francis of Assisi recommended that we be announcers of the happy announcement: “Proclaim the good news all your lives and only as a last resort use words.”
So this Christmas let us be instruments of peace, advocates of life, and ambassadors of good will for The Child.
In loving memory of Father Ron Beshara