Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 25, 2011

Rob McMillan

Second Year Medical Student

Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord
Is 52:7-10
Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Heb 1:1-6
Jn 1:1-18

Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord.  Often during Christmas there is an emphasis on family traditions.  We buy presents, make huge meals, and cram 3 or 4 generations into Grandma’s dining room.  We are often cautioned not to forget the real meaning of Christmas and reminded that this season is far too commercialized.  This emphasis on material things can easily cause us to lose focus of what we are truly celebrating.

Some might say that we should do away with all the hubbub.  I think that there may be another option.  In Isaiah and Psalm 98 we hear about great praise being given to God, because Christ is coming to Earth.  Isaiah especially seems to be telling us to go crazy praising the Lord for what he has done for us.  So rather than worry about doing too much during Christmas, maybe we just need to direct it toward the right place.  Buy presents for friends and family.  Just make sure you praise God for giving you friends and family and the money with which to buy them presents.  Then give a little extra to your parish or favorite charity.  Cook a huge meal with all the fixings.  Just make sure you remember who created food, taste, and the contentment that comes with a full stomach.  Then spend an afternoon or two working in a soup kitchen.  During the week of Christmas organize your life around getting together with family.  Just remember to organize your life around prayer, Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and everything else that brings us closer to God. 

I think the key is not to do away with all the distractions of Christmas traditions, but rather to use them to praise our Lord.  So when you are enjoying the blessings God has given you, always direct them toward their Creator.   The only reason you have anything at all, including your existence, is because he gave it to you.  Then volunteer your time and resources, so the less fortunate can also enjoy your blessings.       

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