The Christmas Season
Musicians describe C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s as the most wonderful time of the year; it’s the life-giving, wonder-filled season of God’s love revealed and enfleshed as God-with-us.
One of my favorite popular Christmas Carols, written by Oscar-winning composer-lyricist Jay Livingston describes how our entire city reflects the joy of Christmas, and
how our sentiments turn to anticipating the Child of Wonder.
He writes, “Christmas makes you feel emotional. It may bring parties and thoughts devotional, whatever happens or what may be, here is what Christmas time means to me… Silver bells, silver bells – it’s Christmas time in the city; soon it will be Christmas day.”
We need to heed this wise advice and heighten our awareness of the reason for the Season: God is with us in Jesus, who united his divinity with our humanity and our humanity with his divinity that we may be healed and fully live.
As we enter into this preparation for the celebration of the birth of the Messiah in our lives, look to see children laughing, notice people passing, meet a smile with a smile. Notice the city street lights, busy street lights, as they blink bright red and green. As we shop and rush home with our treasures, let us be mindful all that we do to prepare for Christmas suggest we become announcers of peace and ambassadors of good will. Prepare with sincerity and remember our decorations, preparations, and gift-giving mean…it’s Christmas time in the city and in our hearts.
In loving memory of Father Ron Beshara