Saturday, December 24, 2016

Parish Bulletin Article: "Christmas with One, Two and Three Individuals and Eight days of Festivity": 12-25-16

Praise God for the three influencers of Christmas!:
One: over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born and he is the reason for this season.  God sent His son to live on earth with us; thank you God!

Two: Jesus Christ was welcomed through Mother Mary.  These two gave us the only sinless individuals in humanity; thank you God!

Three: The Holy Family—Jesus, Mother Mary and Joseph (Jesus’s adopted Dad) began their family which saved our salvation; thank you God!  

What a joyful day for us.  We gather this weekend to visit our families, relatives and friends.  We also meet each other in God’s house -- church.  I am always excited for Christmas (“Christ Mass”) and it is powerful to see God’s house to be packed.  It is this place where our families gather together to worship, pray, sing and remember the gifts that God has given us.  Let us always say, “Thank you God!”

Please remember that Christmas is not only December 25th.  As Catholics, our belief is that Christmas continues for eight days.  When stores, advertisements and societies end Christmas today, we continue the party.

Also know that God is here to welcome you to His house.  He wants you in a relationship with Himself.  He wants to show you His love, mercy and compassion.  You are always welcome to St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban in this area as well as around the world.

Finally, this celebration is one nugget for the whole story of our lives: John 3:16.  The first sentence shows God’s gift to us at Christmas: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”  The second sentence reminds us the rest of our story: “…that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Have a wonderful Christmas for the one, two and three individuals and eight days of festivity.
God Bless!

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