Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. The story of how this happened is told in
part of the Bible known as the Gospels. There are four Gospels telling the life of Jesus.
The Gospel of John says that Jesus came from God to bring His “Word” or message to all people.
The Gospels say that many years before Jesus’ birth, prophets had told a promise to the Jewish people
that God would send them a Messiah. Christians believe that the promised Messiah was Jesus. On the
night he was born, angels gave the good news to some wise men who had seen a new star in the sky and followed it.
God stooped low into a situation full of things we do our best to avoid – poverty, humility, weakness,
suffering, vulnerability, hay and dirt. To truly celebrate Christmas, we have to learn to value these things,
something we will only do if we see God’s love for us in them.
God has expressed His love for us in various ways. His love for us is expressed in His incarnation
through empathy. Jesus knows what it feels like to be one of us. His love for us is expressed in
His incarnation through grace. We don’t have to work our way up to God because God has graciously come down to us.
Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else, because Christmas is
telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you. It is telling you
that people who are saved are not those who have arisen through their own ability to be what God wants them to be.
Salvation comes to those who admit how weak they are. (adapted from the sermon "Mary")
The feast of Christmas probably began while Constantine was the Emperor of Rome, because it was he who
made Christianity a legal religion and built some of Rome’s oldest Churches. Some old stone coffins or
sarcophagi from this time are carved with pictures of Mary and baby Jesus and the Wise men
Christians mark Christmas Day by attending special Church services, spending time with family members,
wearing new clothes and eating a festive meal. Some families exchange gifts or give small presents or
sweets to children. They also display a star with a light and decorate their homes. Some also put up
a nativity scene with clay figures and a Christmas tree. Some stores and malls may put up Christmas
decorations and have actors playing Santa.
Wishing all members of the Presentation Family peace and love this Christmas season. May this
Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and a bright New Year.
May you feel the joy in your heart and home.Best wishes for the holidays
and for health and happiness throughout the coming year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR