For years we have heard the saying, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” In many ways this is a difficult task due to the crass materialism all around us. It’s hard to keep Christ in Christmas when we are surrounded by war, brokenness, and despair. Yet not only are we challenged to keep Christ in Christmas we also must take Him out of Christmas. By this I mean we must take His values to the world. Christ left the manger in Bethlehem, so must we. Christ went about doing good, so must we. Christ dedicated Himself to non-violence, so must we. Christ lived a life of service, so must we. Christ gave His life so that His Father’s love could come to the world, so must we. Christmas is about an incarnate God taking on our humanity. May we discover our God in our human experience.
A big thank you to all who help us celebrate Christmas here at St. Luke’s: Steve Kirby, David Lauria and the choirs, our lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, our environment committee, our Vincent DePaul society. Our Advent has been one of watching, waiting and serving. Now we are ready to celebrate the love of Christ in our midst.
Fr. Bob Hawkins - DECEMBER 24, 2006