It’s the day before Christmas and I’m not really as prepared as I thought I’d be by the end of Advent. Nothing much has changed these 4 weeks except the amount of my money in my bank account – not to the better to say the least.
Sometimes it’s not about focusing too much on the preparations.
We put a lot of emphasis on preparing in advent because that’s what we’re supposed to do and that isn’t a bad thing except when it comes at the price of forgetting what is actually important. It’s not about changing your life in a drastic way to make sure everything is perfect in your prayer life and giving up because you don’t think you have enough time. God made things happen Himself in the stable. He knew that Jesus would be born among farm animals, that the shepherds would come, the wise men would come and He didn’t need anyone’s help. All He needed was someone to hear Joseph’s call for a place to stay.
It’s about stopping and listening.
Do you think that there was a commotion of Christmas breakfasts, lunches, dinners, afternoon teas, first one side of the family, then the other (not together because that would be disastrous and we cannot have chaos on Christmas *cue sarcasm*), presents, money and decorations when He was born? Heck, we’re not even sure if it was on this day that it happened after all! (Check this out if you have questions on that: http://bit.ly/2i54BSP)
No it was so simple. Nothing about the Nativity story screamed TRADITION. Don’t get carried away doing things like everyone else this Christmas and New Year’s Day just because you’re used to doing it. Don’t gossip about your neighbors or a distant relative not present at your gatherings or about what the woman across the street did (X’arukaza!) or gloat about how much money your career has got you up till now in comparison with your sister (Uwejja daqshekk? Melaaaa!).
Let this Christmas be a time to make an effort to actually love people especially those closest to us because we may not always be able to do that and we cannot do it genuinely if we’re talking about them behind their back or insulting them in their face. I do encourage you to get out of the traditional tea time talk and speak about something refreshing with the family like the new year and what you’re grateful for most that happened in the past year.
Go to the Midnight mass tonight and enjoy it. You’re celebrating the birthday of the King of Kings – I
think know He deserves a wonderful day and what better way to do that than celebrating it at mass? We’ll be thanking Him for being born and for redeeming us on the cross at the same time. I call that a win-win situation.
What’s in it for us?
Hey, without God we wouldn’t even be celebrating Christmas at all. There doesn’t have to be anything in it for us to do something to make others (Jesus) happy. But here’s the deal, Jesus came to die for us first and this is just our way of reminding ourselves once a year especially of this fact that has saved us from automatically going to hell – obviously if we keep accepting it.
Let’s all give Jesus a birthday present this Christmas and keep at it all year long- our time. All He needs is time in our lives and a full space in our hearts to be able to work in us. Once we do that, Jesus is born in our hearts too and that, my friends, is what Christmas is truly all about.
Stay rad, God bless you, and Merry Christmas!