Twenty-Two Reasons To Celebrate Christmas
Saturday, December 2, 2023
by Fr. David M. Knight
I attended a wedding where a twenty-year-old girl told me she was “not interested in religion.” I asked her why.
“Because it seems to me religion has more constraints than advantages.”
I immediately began making lists. How many constraints are there?
Discount the Ten Commandments. It is not a “constraint” to love God and neighbor by not murdering, stealing, lying, blaspheming, or being disloyal to God, parents, or spouse (present or future). It is simply to be human.
How many real constraints are there? I count five. Make your own list.
But how many advantages are there?
During Advent we look forward to Christmas. Why not take a closer look at what we are looking forward to?
Scripture says Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life. All things came into being through him. In him is the life that is the light of all people, the true light that came into the world and shines in the darkness. He came that we might “have life and have it to the full,” and that “all might be one” as the Father, Son, and Spirit are One (John 1:3-9, 10:10, 14:6, 17:21).
Jesus gives happiness, which is the fullness of life (Being), in perfect union (Oneness) with God, one’s self, and all creation, in the enjoyment of all that is True and Good and Beautiful.
Can we make that more concrete?
Here are some advantages to being Christian that leap out from the Scriptures we will read at Mass during the next three weeks.
Reflections brought to you by the Immersed in Christ Ministry