Merry Christmas Everyone!
The most wonderful time of the year is now on our midst bringing a message of joy and hope to each and every one of us. As we commemorate the solemn arrival of the Emmanuel in our midst there’s one invitation that we need to be aware of in today’s feast and consider it as our main concern for our lives, i.e. LOVE. Christmas is all about LOVE. If there’s no LOVE, there will be no Christmas. The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the best and the greatest manifestation what Love is all about. So we need to ask ourselves this question as we celebrate today the Birth of our Lord; have we ever LOVE truly, deeply, and sincerely? Have we ever expressed love that our Lord Jesus taught to us? The Story of Jesus’ Birth is not a source for entertaining ourselves with lavish enjoyment and celebration; rather it’s all about going back on our main calling to LOVE despite the fact that we are unworthy and broken. So, the invitation of Christmas for all of us is TO GIVE LOVE. Jackson 5 popularized this phrase into a song which manifests what it means TO GIVE LOVE on the Birth of our Lord. Indeed, Christmas calls each and every one of us not just TO GIVE LOVE on the day of Christmas; rather we must never get tired of doing this invitation always and every day.
As we now enjoying and embracing the Spirit of Christmas; let us never forget that the real essence of Christmas is not the sparkling lights that surrounds us, is not Santa Claus, is not the Christmas trees, is not the gifts, is not the food, and is not the parties and celebrations, but LOVE. It’s only LOVE that could manifest the real essence of Christmas in our hearts.
As Christmas is fast-approaching, we cannot but speak about our wishes and dreams for Christmas. Some would like to receive something new like gadgets, clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. Others would like just to receive a good amount of money and keep it in order that they may be able to use it for procuring and purchasing what is indicated on their wish lists. Now that we are preoccupied of thinking, obtaining, and wishing for good gifts this Christmas, there’s one thing that we need to consider as we joyfully wait for the coming of the Lord, i.e. our own wish list for Jesus.
What is our gift for Jesus? As I reflect upon this question today I feel so uneasy and sad. For the past Christmases I’ve failed to give my gift to Jesus, i.e. myself. I easily lose focus on what is necessary and get preoccupied with secondary entities in life. Every Christmas I always say, “Yes Lord! I will change my old self into a new self” but even as I put into actions the promises I made to God during Christmas, I fail to make it. Now Christmas is near and it’s the same old story as I wait for the coming of Baby Jesus. But, as I ease myself with the uneasiness and sadness that I feel, I realize that God is still patient with me. Yes, I always fail Him by my inability to show that I am changing and serious on His callings, reminders, and invitations. But for Him it is not a big deal as long as He sees me persevering, hoping, and eagerly patient on welcoming and befriending the changes and newness in my life. And for Him, that’s already a great gift which comes from my brokenness and shortcomings.
While that we are excited to receive gifts this Christmas, let us not forget our gift/s for the Child Jesus. For me, my simple gift for the Child Jesus is the same: myself. Sounds ordinary yet significant. Why? Because I believe giving ourselves as gift for the Child Jesus this Christmas is not about bragging about the best gift that we could give to Him. Rather, it is all about loving authentically. This is what Christmas is all about: selfless love. Whenever we light the fire of love in every heart that is experiencing the darkness of winter, it’s Christmas. Let us always remember, Christmas originated from the Manger of Christ, and that’s a great manifestation of love for each and every one of us who are waiting for His coming.