Journey 128: The essence of Christmas

Nowadays, Christmases are commercialized beyond imagination and its targeted to the segment of children and the children in us. No wonder one will always be unrelenting and guiltless in spending more than they could even earn just so to live up to the spirit of the Yuletide. It’s one that is characterized by the over-arching influence of commerce in our day to day living. One must, in retrospect, be more spiritual in celebrating the life of Christ.

To many Christians around the world, the essence of the season is the birth of the Messiah, the Savior who came into the earth to fulfil prophesies which is why when it is spelled, it starts with capital C for Christmas representing the birth of Christ in us and of the world. I do not subscribe to many people alternating the name of Christ to “X” for convenience sake. Perhaps yes, but how could you celebrate the birth of “X” for all? Christ’s sufferings for us can never be represented by any X or x no matter how one spell it and their intentions for that.

Remember that it is never on the gifts one received this Christmas that defines it but rather the gesture of giving and forgiving. There are more that are happening this season that can not and will never be bought by money and that is love, understanding, forgiveness, peace and harmony.

May the season be felt among you with special and deeper meaning, that through this season, one will remember the redeemer whose birth save the world and mankind in spite our sins. We are much loved and you are loved too. Even in tragedies as we have had experience in the death of 9 nurses in Tuguegarao, one must find refuge and strength in the birth of Christ to us and in us. Rest assured that those who passed away long before us and these 9 nurses who perished will be in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

Merry Christmas to you and to the families, relish those that unite you in the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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