The journey to Christmas can be confusing. The season is penitential, yet all around us it’s unrestrained hedonism with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and endless Christmas parties. Nought wrong with all this unless of course we run out of control, lose sight of the mystery that is the Incarnation and compromise the faith we so clearly proclaim every time we participate in the Mass. Joy is a wonderful gift from God, as is prayer and penitence. Let’s be 360 people and live expressing an eagerness for Christmas for the festivities we enjoy with friends and family as well as the celebration of the our redemption fleshed out in a manger in Bethlehem all those years ago.
Take time to pray, contemplate the birth narrative each day and visit confession to enrich our lives ahead of the great day itself.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner’.