I was visiting a senior member of my parish this week. She told me that she has felt blessed her whole life. I asked her why she felt that way.
She replied that no matter what was going on in her family, either good news or bad news, that they stuck tight together through that time. A good philosophy for any type of family.
Our compassion for people in the world around us is an important human value.
Perhaps Christmas time provokes us to do this more than any other time of the year. We reach out to others to offer them hope.
We remember those who have experienced a loss in their family over the past year. We visit the lonely, and the ill and we help out those who need food, shelter and clothing. We may donate our time, money and talents to an agency that needs support to help others.
Our “good will” extends out from us as we reach into ourselves to be more compassionate toward others.
Perhaps it is because we acknowledge that we have been deeply blessed in our own lives.
Although we as Christians no longer wait for Jesus Christ in the physical form of an infant, He is still the source of our hope.
As Christians we can look forward to the future because the baby in the manger was and still is, the promise of good will and hope and peace on earth.
May God bless you and yours this Christmas season and may Hope and Joy lead you into 2012.