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Fr. Scott’s Corner – The Spirit of Christmas

Fr. Scott’s Corner – The Spirit of Christmas

During the Christmas season, it’s easy to get carried away by the hustle and bustle that comes along with holiday parties, gift giving, and the cheer that fills the air. Many of us become so consumed with everything going on that we forget the important things in life. We may forget that there are people out there who do not have the many things we tend to take for granted.

Christmastime is not just about giving presents and having parties. Instead, it’s far more than that. It’s about being with those who are important to you. It’s about giving to those who have much less than we do. In the past, I have shared a story about a family who spent each Christmas Eve passing out Christmas meals and presents to those who did not have the means to purchase these luxuries for themselves and their loved ones. They would then pray with these people who had just received the gift of Christmas.

“Christmastime is…about being with those who are important to you. It’s about giving to those who have much less than we do.”

I like to share this story because this family lives the way Jesus called us to live when he said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). As a family, they embody the generosity of spirit that we so often talk about but may so rarely witness. They understand that together, they can make a difference in a person’s life by binding together as one.

During this Christmas season, I encourage you to embody the generosity of spirit that this family has attempted to represent in their lives. That does not mean that I am asking you to cook meals for others or spend your Christmas Eve passing out gifts to those who cannot afford to purchase them on their own. Instead, I simply encourage you to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for and not let it pass you by in a fleeting moment without allowing yourself to share that moment with others.

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“During this Christmas season…I simply encourage you to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for and not let it pass you by in a fleeting moment without allowing yourself to share that moment with others.”

My prayer is that this Christmas season, you will reflect on who you are and who you wish to become. Do not let the moments you have with those you love to pass you by. Instead, take hold of those moments, cherish them, and take in everything as it happens this Christmas. Enjoy the company of those you love and reach out to those who may be hurting. You never know what good can come from your love. I wish you all a very blessed Christmas!

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