CHRISTMAS PASTORAL MESSAGE
We are reminded once
again that there is a season of Lent for Christmas.
Like the Paschal lent, the Christmas advent season is a 40 day
period of fasting where we abstain from certain foods, receive the
sacraments of the Church, spending more time reading the bible, and
applying ourselves to more charitable works.
We all shake our
heads at the extent of the commercialization of the season of Christmas.
Even as I pen these thoughts I recall seeing Christmas
advertizing in stores months ago.
We can shake our heads all we want, the reality is, it is easy
for each of us to get caught up in it.
Christmas Lent is an
opportunity for us to keep the reason for the season in perspective.
I am certainly not suggesting that we do away with the gifts,
lights, Christmas Tree and the many other traditions we celebrate
surrounding Christmas. What
I am suggesting is that we apply ourselves a little more than before
this season by observing the prescribed 40 day period of Lent.
Fasting means we are
abstaining from something.
When we abstain, we have more to give.
Let us give as the Christ-child gave of Himself this year,
selflessly and for the good of others.
It is my prayer that this Christmas be more than a sentimental
movement in decorating with mistletoe and evergreen arrangements. May we
allow our Lord's Nativity to move us in our generosity not only to the
ministries of the Church, but to those in need around us.
May this advent be
the beginning of our spiritual walk with Mary and Joseph which ends at
the foot of the precious Manger of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
What gifts have we received?
We have received the
gift of life. What
gifts can we offer Him? Living
our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him, is our gift; being loving,
kind, generous and merciful.
Peace and blessings
to you and yours as I wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled
with health, spiritual joy and prosperity.
Fr. Christ Kontos