Christmas isn't about presents - or even receiving what you want in prayer. It isn't about the giving or the receiving, or the lack there of. It isn't about lights and decorations and greetings and parties or carols or religious or secular Christmas songs and stories. It isn't about delicious food and drinks and treats and sweets. It isn't about setting up a creche in front of the courthouse or insisting upon calling a tree a Christmas tree or wearing a button that says I celebrate Christmas. It isn't about family being more important than going to church on Sunday because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. It isn't about all of those customs and traditions that have become ritualized and formalized or just trashed over the decades.
It isn't about me or my religious and political positions, nor my moral judgements, or even my social position or influence - low or high or in-between or non-existent. It isn't about who is for us or who is against us.
It is about love.
let us love one another
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten of God
and has knowledge of God.
The man without love has known nothing of God
and has no knowledge of God,
for God is love.
God's love was revealed in our midst in this way:
he sent his only Son to the world
that we might have life through him.
Love then consists in this:
not that we have loved God,
but that he has loved us
and has sent his Son as an offering for our sins.
if God has loved us so,
we must have the same love for one another... 1 John 4
Christmas is an epiphany, not a matter of sentimentality or a commercial celebration.
Jesus Christ is the proof that God has heard our cry. And not only this! God’s love for us is so strong that he cannot remain aloof; he comes out of himself to enter into our midst and to share fully in our human condition (cf. Ex 3:7-12). The answer to our cry which God gave in Jesus infinitely transcends our expectations, achieving a solidarity which cannot be human alone, but divine. Only the God who is love, and the love which is God, could choose to save us in this way, which is certainly the lengthiest way, yet the way which respects the truth about him and about us: the way of reconciliation, dialogue and cooperation. - Benedict XVI
In thanksgiving for the one thing necessary.
Feast of Stephen