December 26, 2010
Gospel: Mt 2:13-15, 19-23*
”There are things in life for which cannot be prepared in advance. Change takes us by surprise, circumstances shift. Then we must understand that what it is, it is God’s will for us. Then we must realize that God awaits somewhere else and go, in that night, toward the light that is God.“
The Sunday’s gospel was about an angel of the Lord appearing in a dream to Joseph after the wise men had left. The angel told Joseph to to get up, take the child and his mother to flee to Egypt because Heron will soon be looking for that child in order to kill him. They had to stay there until the angel of the Lord appeared again in Joseph’s dream. Joseph was told again to get up and go back to Israel with the child and his mother for those who wanted the child killed are now dead. He followed what the angel has told him and went back to the land of Israel. He settled in a town called Nazareth. And since what was said by the prophets was fulfilled, the child shall be called a Nazorean (Nazarene): Jesus from Nazareth.
The reason why we celebrate Christmas is because we should do something for Jesus, since it is his birthday. Something good. Christmas isn’t all about celebration, giving and receiving gifts and more. Jesus was born on the 25th of December, and every time this day comes, all we have to do is be thankful that He was born. A lot of people had tried to kill him; they wanted him dead but because of God’s guidance and Joseph’s obedience, he was able to take care of the child and keep him alive. We celebrate Christmas because we are happy that Jesus was born and to thank Him for being our savior.
We all know that people should be happy during Christmas for it is a time of love, hope and forgiveness. One thing that will make our Christmas happy for sure is our family. Celebrations and gifts are nothing without our family, without the ones we love. Our family is what we call our ‘home’. Let us all live a life full of love and hope, and forgive those who had done us wrong. To me, it is enough that I can spend my Christmas with my family: my mom and dad, my sister and my brother. I thank God for the blessings He has showered upon me, for all the guidance he has given my family. I thank Him for my family and friends, I thank Him for Christmas, and most of all, I thank Him for Jesus.
– kasi yute