At this time of year, there are many songs that tell us about the celebration of Christmas. In the church we sing beautiful songs about the birth of Jesus. There are also many Christmas songs we know very well.
One song that has always been meaningful to me is entitled, "I'll Be Home For Christmas." As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, there is a special warmth about being home with our family and loved ones. Jesus' birth has a special, unifying force.
On December 25, we experience the love that has been passed down throughout the ages, the love that comes from that manger in Bethlehem, the love that transformed the world. On Christmas, we gather with those we love and those who love us.
So powerful is the feeling of love at Christmas that soldiers will tell you that the pain of separation from loved ones is at its most intense on this day. So too will the hospitalized, the homeless and the imprisoned.
It is also true that while we miss our departed loved ones always, we feel it most at Christmas. Let us be sure to keep those less fortunate in our players. If we know a friend or loved one who is experiencing Christmas loneliness, we can make room for them at our Inn.
In our celebration of Christmas, we recognize the gifts God has given us and express our thanks. We plan to come together with family and loved ones and celebrate Christ's birth. As we prepare for that celebration, we can contact our family and loved ones and tell them, "I'll be home for Christmas."
A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all Saint Joseph's parishioners and your families.
Sincerely in Christ,