"We gather in faith..."
Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis J. Christian
ReflectionsThis week we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent.
Traditionally this has been called “Gaudete” Sunday after
the Latin word for “Rejoice” with which the entrance
psalm of the mass begins. Drawing close to the Feast of
Christmas the Church begins to experience the joy which
that feast brings to us, the joy that the coming of Christ
into the world offers to us. Recently I came across the
reflection of an unknown author entitled WHY JESUS IS
BETTER THAN SANTA CLAUS which expresses well
the reason for our joy. Let me share it with you.
Santa lives at the North pole….Jesus is everywhere.
Santa comes but once a year…Jesus is an ever present
Santa fills your stocking with goodies…Jesus supplies
all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited…Jesus
stands at your door and knocks, and then
enters your heart.
You have to wait in line to see Santa…Jesus is as close
as the mention of His name.
When you sit on Santa’s lap, all he can say is ‘Hi little
boy or girl, what’s your name…Jesus knows
Your name, your history and takes account
of every hair on your head.
Santa says, ‘You better not cry….Jesus says, ‘Cast all
your cares on me for I care for you’.
Santa’s little helpers make toys….Jesus makes new
lives, mends wounded hearts, repairs
broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle…..Jesus gives you joy.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree….Jesus became
our gift who died on the tree for us.
It’s obvious there is no comparison. We need to
remember Who Christmas is all about. And when we do
we know why we can indeed rejoice.