From the Deacon’s Desk Christmas

Dear Friends:

I wish each one of you the holiest and happiest Christmas. Today God has decided to give us the ultimate gift. The gift of himself to live among us. There are four different Gospels used at the various Masses on Christmas day that are read at the various masses on Christmas day. I’ve chosen the reading from Luke 2: 15-20 for reflection. This Gospel is slated for the Mass at dawn. I’m sure most of us were busy doing other things at dawn this morning.

This Gospel tells us that after the angels went from them to heaven the shepherds said to each other “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place which the Lord has made known to us.” They saw the baby Jesus lying in a manger with Mary and Joseph. Once they realized what was happening, they told everyone about the child, and all were amazed. “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, (after spreading the word) glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.”

Notice that the players in the story quickly take action with the news. Mary ponders all these things! The shepherds immediately go forward and spread the word then return to pay homage to Jesus. It seems as if they all were excited enough to just go do it!

Have you ever been in a situation where you really can’t decide if you should speak about your faith or be quiet? Have you ever hesitated about sharing what you know to be the truth? I think if we are honest, we will all agree that this does happen. Sometimes we are afraid to share what we know to be the Good News of Jesus Christ. Let us all take a lesson from the shepherds. Tell the world what you know about Jesus and how much he has given you. Do not be afraid share the love you have been given with those who need that love!

Peace and All Good!

Deacon Jim