While I don't focus just once a day on that gift, I am grateful for the time that we can. Every year I pray there is some way to reach those who see this day as nothing more than a frustrating time to "get through" instead of the celebration of the most amazing proportions it should be.
While we are so busy trying to find the "perfect gift" for our family and friends, we can often lose sight of the fact that the perfect gift is the person for whom we offer birthday wishes on this special day. Nothing - absolutely nothing - can ever compare to what God offers us and what Jesus did for us. I will be eternally grateful for that gift and pray I never take it for granted.
Today's Christmas thought:
Last Days of Advent
The liturgy of Advent... helps us to understand fully the value and meaning of the mystery of Christmas. It is not just about commemorating the historical event, which occurred some 2,000 years ago in a little village of Judea. Instead, it is necessary to understand that the whole of our life must be an "advent," a vigilant awaiting of the final coming of Christ. To predispose our mind to welcome the Lord, who, as we say in the Creed, one day will come to judge the living and the dead, we must learn to recognize Him as present in the events of daily life. Therefore, Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward Him who already came, who will come and who comes continuously.
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