"We gather in faith..."

Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis J. Christian


This 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.