We’re about to celebrate Christmas, and there are many traditions that we may follow. Of course there are Christmas cookies, decorating the tree and the exchanging of presents. When we think of these traditions, we think about coming together with family and loved ones.
On Christmas, we’re celebrating a family; the family that was formed that night in a stable in Bethlehem. We’re also celebrating the love that we continue to receive from that stable. That loves brings us together to celebrate Christmas!
At this time, we also want to remember anyone who is in need of our prayers. Christmas is a difficult time for those who are alone, who have recently lost a loved one or are battling a serious illness. We want to pray for them and that they’re able to recognize the Christ child.
We also want to remember our servicemen and women, along with their families. As we continue to pray for peace, let’s also pray for our troops to return home safely and be together with their families.
Christmas has that unifying force. We celebrate that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world so we could be saved, so we can one day live with God for all eternity. As we celebrate Christmas, let’s recognize the love God has for each one of us. Let’s return that love through our love for God and for one another.
To all Parishioners of St. Joseph and your families, have a Blessed and Merry Christmas.
Sincerely in Christ,