Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 20-26 December 2015
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
It’s again the time of the year when people are on the move preparing gifts and giving joy to everyone. The Christmas season is surely one of the most awaited moments of the year.
Decorations are all abound with Christmas carols being played. It is also the time that the children can claim they have more money than adults. This is also the time when the economy is singing due to the spending spree the people are doing to buy gifts.
However, more than the gifts that we can give we also need to learn to give and appreciate non-material gifts.
Material things are temporary in nature; they give joy to the owner temporarily after which they break.
Non-material gifts are eternal; they are an investment made in heaven for in which nobody can steal that treasure from us. They are more important than material gifts since not only they don’t go but also it gives everlasting joy to one who receives it.
How can we give eternal or non-material gifts? By being ourselves and giving ourselves to others especially those who need us. We give the gift of ourselves to give others the best gift that they will receive. These gifts are more important than money since they not only complete a person’s celebration of Christmas but also it gives them joy, a joy that is immeasurable and memorable. They don’t break, but they are more valuable than anything else in this world.
God Himself gave us the greatest gift of all during this season when He sent His son Jesus Christ to redeem us from our sin. God’s sending of His only son is a manifest of His love for us, a love that is so pure and limitless that He let His son to take our place from the vileness of our sin, and to redeem us from it. Christmas is the beginning of the plan of God to save us from death and give us the gift of eternal life together with Him.
In this Christmas season, let us remember, that more important than any gift we can give, is ourselves that we can give to others. God did so when He sent Jesus Christ during the first Christmas, so can we.
God’s greatest gift was given during Christmas period.