It’s here! It’s finally here! Literalists think that the Jews waited about 6000 years. Scientists don’t know how long this planet has been zipping through space, but it has certainly been around a very long while. WE have only been waiting just four weeks since we first turned our minds towards the approaching redemption which will follow the birth of Jesus. Ideally, tonight we will slip into church before mass, with things quiet other than the shuffling of a few feet. Nothing is going on… and then suddenly, there is an explosion of joyous, happy music and song! “Joy to the world” is not just a title of an old Christmas hymn, it’s the announcement that evil which is always with us will ultimately be overthrown, and people of faith will put sin and pain behind them, living eternally with the God who created them because He so loved them.
Joy to the World!
Posts tagged: Merry Christmas
Happy holidays! Happy holidays? Happy holidays, indeed!
Several years ago, a number of department stores started directing their employees to stop wishing people a Merry Christmas and indeed to merely say happy holidays. It is a free country and there is nothing wrong with that but it doesn’t do to people what a joyful expression from the heart that says Merry Christmas or, in other words, I wish you joy as we celebrate Christ’s Mass!
For the past 2,000 years, there has been so much pain, so much crime, so much disappointment that it is hard to see how people maintain some type of basic optimism and hope. I think one of the things we do maintain is Christmas Day. We celebrate and we remember that God’s love for the human family, so infinitely strong and beyond the ability of any one of us to comprehend it, is so wonderful, so complete that he himself stepped into our story, dealt with us in a nature identical with our own, except in all things of sin, lived with us, walked with us, taught us and ultimately offered his life in an agonizing act of obedience to his Heavenly Father.
Christ’s Mass has no meaning apart from Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Jesus has come to us, Jesus will redeem us so it would not be improper to say Merry Christmas and Happy Easter, Merry Christmas and Happy Easter. They go together, so yes, in that respect, I’ll say: Happy Holidays!