Christmas is about God’s love for us.
Jesus comes to be one with us, embracing humanity as we are. The incarnation shows us that we do not have to hide our thoughts, feelings, questions, and struggles. God is with us in all times and seasons of our lives.
Christmas is about God’s mercy.
Jesus’ very name means “God saves.” In Christ, we know that no sin is beyond forgiveness, no action is beyond redemption.
Christmas is about God’s compassion.
The birth of Jesus as a baby in Bethlehem shows us the depths of Christ’s oneness with the poor and vulnerable. “Bethlehem” means “house of bread.” From the very moment of Jesus’ birth, we are shown that he is the Bread of Life for all.
Christmas helps us to take to heart the truth that God’s love is real.
When we see and experience love, we know God. When our hearts long for peace, kindness and goodwill among people, look to Christ, whose light shines in darkness.
Christmas calls us to be for others.
As people who know God’s saving love, how can we not share this love with those who need it? When we care for family, share our time in service, our attention and prayer with the lonely or ill, our resources with the poor, we are sharing the real meaning of Christmas, no matter the time of year.
Christmas is more than a day or a season.
Christmas is about a way of life. Knowing the depths of God’s love for us in this Christmas time, we stretch ourselves to live as Christ’s people every day.
What is Christmas all about for you?