Advent WK4A (2016)

With Christ’s birth, God is present to us not only in creation, not only in Scripture, but also in a person. This is what we prepare to celebrate at Christmas: God’s presence among us in the flesh and blood person of Jesus Christ. As we close in on Christmas Day celebration, our energy is directed to doing all those things required to celebrate the holiday, buying and wrapping gifts, and so forth. But, we must put the same effort into celebrating this Sacred Mystery all year-long. Many years ago there was a Peanuts cartoon that showed Linus reading the Gospel account of Jesus’ birth to Charlie Brown. When he finished, Linus turned to Charlie Brown and said, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Then, he added, “So who needs Santa Claus.”

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