The long wait is finally over. The star of Bethlehem has shone. The people of the world is in unison, singing the praises of God: "a child is born for us; alleluia, a son is given to us - alleluia." Four weeks of anticipation, of preparation, of longing ... and it is finally here - Jesus Christ, our Savior is Born!
Perhaps, in the course of time, you have received plenty of the most wonderful gifts you've ever received. And you have been grateful for that. But today, we celebrate the greatest gift of all. It is the gift of love from God. He sends His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into the world.
We offer today's Mass as a thanksgiving to the gift of love we have received - the love of our family, of friends, of our neighbors, of the people around us, of those whom we work with, of this parish community, of the Church but above all the love of God, which is constantly poured upon us each moment of our lives.
Let us not be swayed by the glitz of celebrating Christmas with all the material things we get or give, lest we forget that Christ is the true and only reason why December 25 is a special day.
Merry Christmas to all of you and your family!!!