On this special day, remember to celebrate the coming of our Lord and the love we have for one another.
Faith, family and love are the three words that come to mind when I think about Christmas. When I was younger, I remember my Uncle Felix explaining the meaning of and reason behind Christmas. He always emphasized that Jesus’ presence has sustained our family through life’s seasons. As my uncle aged, he would remind us each year, “My desire is that you will continue this tradition of gathering as a family on Christmas.” Although several years have gone by since he passed away, my family has kept this tradition alive just as Uncle Felix wanted. Each one of us pitched in to make this time together special and memorable.
My brother Orlando and cousin Jose now take turns hosting the family gathering at their homes. My aunt and parents are in charge of sharing a Christmas message before the meal. The whole family exchanges gifts and our appreciation for one another. And of course, our most important tradition is celebrating our faith in our loving God. On this day we remember that God came to live on earth among us and ultimately, He gave His life for the salvation of humanity.
Keeping our faith as we gather to exchange gifts and break bread is essential on this holiday and throughout the Christmas season. On this special day, whether you gather with family or friends whom you consider family, let us remember to celebrate the coming of our Lord and the love we have for one another. This should be a fun and joyful time of year where we celebrate our faith, keep our traditions alive and make new ones too.
On this Christmas, may your home be filled with faith, family and love. I want to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.
Lord, thank You for the gift of faith, family and love, and the reason for our faith…Jesus.