Merry Christmas! At least that is what we can say, along with Happy Holidays, for those whom Christmas is not their tradition but want to join the birthday party and to be related to one another through peace, hope, joy, and love. When we LIVE Christmas like this, it becomes a pattern for our daily living, and not simply an all-consuming moment in time we leave behind like the wrapping paper, the tree, the decorations, and so much else of our consumable life.
This night brings the hope of holding aside all the other stuff of preparations for this time which the commercial world thinks should begin somewhere around half-past September. We come to this night perhaps for this is what we always do at Christmas reasons, or simply to rest our weary hearts from the fear bashing and bantering surrounding us. To rest into OUR story of angels and shepherds, cattle lowing and sheep bleating, wise men from way out-of-town and not-so-wise human kings, Joseph and Mary, and this child Jesus.
See the entire Christmas Eve & Christmas Day sermon.