MAY GOD’S PRESENCE FILL YOUR HOME WITH JOY AND PEACE ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Good News! This Sunday we begin the fourth and final week of Advent in preparation for Christmas night. Surely in these days of December we have learned that love should be unconditional and that offering a gift to someone else should be done without expectations and without ulterior motives. Instead a gift is given out of kindness to those we love. The attitude of sharing in this way is so beautiful. To give without expecting a reward from God; we can see that God gives in this way with this message: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
None of us, even if we prepared well during Advent, has forced God to show us His goodness. It was no the good deeds we have done that made God take pleasure in us and select us as His children. By grace we have received all His goodness. God sends rain on the just and the unjust. His mercy allows us to have a happy heart. For that reason; the joy we find at Christmas has its source in the knowledge that God is pleased to live with us.
It is fantastic the way the word of God can change our hearts to be generous, since many of us would continue to measure out our kindness and love with only select few if we were without the power of God. Today, in this holy season, we are breaking the scheme of being kind only to those who are kind to us. God prepares us to go beyond our morals and our schemes. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”
That the infant Jesus has a place on earth is to believe that everything in the history of the world is familiar to God. Now, nothing is foreign to God himself. God is in solidarity with the joys and sorrows of men of all time from the birth of hope, tenderness, happiness, and forgiveness. Christmas is how God came to unite the divine and human. Jesus alone the title of son of God.
My Lord and my God! Filled with hope we renew these promises each year, that all the concerns of our everyday lives, become a blessing. Convert our fears into confidence, anger into fraternity, our isolation to closeness with others, our concern into peace, and our wars into peace.
This Christmas you can find a new heart, fresh, tender, beautiful again. With Jesus we can recover the lost figure of our childhood, which makes possible the fantastic dreams of a world of peace and joy. This is the gift of God, He give us his Spirit which makes all things new.
Do not be afraid to be happy as Mary was. To hold God in our hearts is to look at life as a party with all our friends. This is the symbol of Christmas. He wants, to learn to enjoy life as a Christmas dinner where wine, food and the joy of being with each other. This is the value of the great Christmas Eve dinner, knowing how to be with my brother without fear, without conditions, as if the presence of the other were the only gift of the night. Christmas is the art of simplicity. May God bless each household in these holy days.
Rev. Arturo Corral, Pastor
Rev. Roberto Raygoza, Associate Pastor
Rev. Miguel Angel Cortes, Associate Pastor
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