December 22, 2019 – Ruminations by Fr. Pat

This week we celebrate the Solemnity of Christmas. On behalf of Fr. Kevin, myself, and Deacon Al, we wish you all a Blessed Christmas celebration.

Most people, when they think of the holiday, think of the secular side of Christmas. They think of gifts, family, celebrations, and the like. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind about the holiday that has nothing to do with this way of thinking.

The first thought I would like us to think about is the word holiday. We think of a no work day, a fun day, a day of celebration. These thoughts are proper. We do need to remember that the word HOLIDAY comes from the word HOLY-DAY. All the camaraderie and enjoyment start by looking at the reason for the day off, etc. When we look at the holiday of Christmas, we need to look at the holiness of Christmas. The reason for the joy of family, etc. comes from the fact that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” The joy of Christmas comes from God’s love for us in sending His Son to be born of the Virgin. We celebrate in the Birth of the Lord. Family life and togetherness comes from being united in Christ. Everything starts with Him, and every-thing ends with Him.

Celebrating the Holy Day of Christmas, we look to Mass. According to the World Book Encyclopedia, the word “Christmas” comes from the old English “Cristes Maesse,” which means “Christ’s Mass.” Why the Mass? Remember what Mass is all about: it is about being one with Christ in His Suffering, Death, and Resurrection. Mass is not just something we watch, or passively participate in; it is Christ’s Gift to the world, al-lowing us to share in His Salvific Act of Love.

All the gifts, all the family life, all the revelry – All these point to a celebration and participation in the joy of the Love of God. “…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 Christ and Lord.”

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