Advent is underway and the Christmas shopping season is upon us! As Catholics, this is a time to remember those who are less fortunate. Here’s how.
Little Alex’s expression is blank when you ask him about his wish list for Christmas. He knows what Christmas is, he has faith in Christ, but he’s never received a Christmas gift. His family is too poor. So he’s never worn a new shirt. Never owned a picture book or a toy. For Alex, those small joys have been out of reach.
The prophet Simeon believed God’s promise that he would not leave this earth without having seen the Christ of the Lord. On this day the glory of that light shone in his eyes and he was able to comprehend what this miracle truly meant for Mary and Joseph as well as for us.
The story of the birth of Christ is so wonderful and inspiring, it could have only been written by God. From the very beginning of his earthly life, Jesus turned the world’s notions of power and privilege upside down, elevating the value of compassion and service beyond anything the world had known before.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Or is it? After two months, if not more, of holiday planning, shopping, decorating, baking, etc., Christmas can seem almost anti-climactic – the cool down after the marathon.
This Christmas, many lay missionaries—and many of our ministry partners—will be spending Christmas out in the field, ministering to the poor they serve. These disciples of Christ might be serving hot meals, visiting the elderly, or doing other meaningful work on behalf of the poor on Christmas Day in addition to celebrating Christ’s birth.