What is the True Meaning of “Christmas”?
The common responses would be : God became man, God is Immanuel (with us), Good news of salvation, self-giving, humility and poverty, and so on. The Christmas story has many facets and dimensions that tells of God’s immense love for us.
The incarnation of Jesus is God’s greatest gift to human beings. The scriptures beautifully echo this sentiment: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Christmas is the story of a child wrapped in swaddling cloths, in death-bands, because he is born to die. Christmas tells of a babe laid in the manger because he is destined to be food: the Eucharist through which he will share his death-resurrection. It is the greatest story in human history where God became man to save humanity and reconcile us with God again. Therefore, Christmas is a time of great joy and celebration.
Unfortunately, Christmas today is in jeopardy as it has become the object of commercial greed that has robbed us of the true meaning of Christmas. It is now time we realise that we need to put CHRIST back into CHRISTMAS.
Christmas is the story of good news, but unfortunately Christmas seems to be bad news for the environment. The revelry and gaiety of Christmas encourages waste in the form of tons of wrapping paper, cards, paper decorations, etc because of which millions of trees are felled causing environmental harm and degradation. Therefore, Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year, but if it is not a green Christmas then it is a wasteful time of the year.
Christmas is a time for:
1. Reflecting – the immense love of God and our attitude towards His creation.
2. Celebrating – the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of the world.
3. Giving – just like Christ shared Himself with us we need to share with others what we have received from Him.
- Fr. Joseph Gonsalves
Date : 25th December 2022