Come To Bless All Creation With Your Love

Reflection by Erin F.

As stores become filled with the smell of pinecones, stocked with the latest electronic devices, and shelved with festive decorations, the spirit of Christmas is evident even before Thanksgiving has even begun!  Children across the nation can be found writing letters to Santa Claus and spending their winter days counting down to the moment when they can rip through the wrapping paper that prevents them from knowing what awaits.  Jesus Christ is our present from God!  As children of the faith, we remember the day when our Savior was born and celebrate this gift!  What gift could be better than receiving the Savior?  God’s gift of Jesus is the most fulfilling and meaningful gift that any individual could ever receive!   The most beautiful aspect of this gift is the fact that all of humanity can have the joy of Christ: rich or poor, young or old, male or female.  Like the young children who await the sound of reindeers’ bells jingling on their rooftops, all of God’s children celebrate the coming of the Savior.

As a child, I was not brought up in a wealthy family. Although I hardly had a Christmas filled with materialistic “dreams come true”, it did not deter from the splendid moments I cherished with my family. I can still recall my favorite memories: decorating gingerbread cookies with my sister and brother, listening to my dad’s classical Christmas CD, eating my mother’s Mexican pastries, and watching the birth of Jesus in the Jesus of Nazareth series my dad played every Christmas. The very essence of Christmas was still in my household, regardless of the presents under the tree; the virtues of love and joy cannot be bought in wrapping paper or gift cards, nor can they be taken away or exchanged. This concept is similar to the love God has for us. God blessed us with Jesus Christ who came for you, me, and all of humanity! Jesus comes once again, during this holiday season, ready to deliver justice, peace, love, and salvation to the earth. He is coming to rescue the beaten, battered, despised, and rejected. Therefore, do not fear in rejoicing in our Lord’s birth! A king was born in the town of Bethlehem in a stable. As a humble redeemer and perfect example for His followers, the name of this child was, and is, exalted for all generations following His birth. So this season, take the time to reflect and rejoice, for unto us a Savior is born!

 

Erin F. is a Freshman Theology Major.  She is active in Liturgical Ministry and is an active member of Alpha Phi Omega.

About I.Q.

Irene began working with St. Mary's University in August of 2008. She currently serves as the Minister for Faith Formation and Faith Enrichment with University Ministry and as adjunct faculty with the Theology Department. Irene holds a M.A. in Systematic & Philosophical Theology and Ethics & Social Theory. As well as a B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy.

Posted on December 15, 2013, in Lenten Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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