DECEMBER 22, 2013 -
"GOD'S GREATEST GIFT"
These days, the giving of gifts has become the most important part of the joyous Christmas season. There is good reason why this custom is associated with the Feastday. On the first Nativity, God gave the original Christmas present. He gave the greatest gift that has ever been given: GOD GAVE HIMSELF.
It is utterly fantastic to think that such a thing could happen. Why should the Creator of the universe come to this tiny planet of ours, and even more incredible, tale upon Himself frail human flesh, becoming one with the race of mankind? On this subject, St. Athanasius eloquently said: "God became man so that man might become God." St. Ireneus put it this way: "Christ on account of His great love for mankind, became what we are in order to make us what He is Himself."
Now, when people get a Christmas present they usually thank the one who gave it. Sometimes, if it was a very lavish gift, they might find it difficult to express feelings of appreciation. When St. Paul thought of God's gift to mankind on Christmas Day, he found it difficult to express with words his feelings of gratitude. Remember that the educated Paul had no trouble relating his profound thoughts, as many epistles in the New Testament testify. But when it came to the Great Gift of Christmas, Paul was too overcome with the majesty of it all. So he wrote: "Thanks be to God for His inexpressible Gift!"
Have you ever thought of Christ as the greatest gift ever given to you? He is the most wonderful Christmas present you will ever receive. When God gave us His Son, He gave us every kind of blessing. He gave us a Present that will last forever. Young and old, rich and poor, the sick and the healthy - all find in Jesus the richest blessings of life. In Christ, we find a light to guide us along our journey on t his earth and into the beyond.