A Christmas reflection from Fr. Nash

By Fr. Frank Nash, S.J.  |  Photos by Nick Alexopulos, '03

The Christmas season is upon us once again and we all look forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior.

It is a time of joy and celebration.

It is also a time to be watchful and alert as the gospel from the first Sunday of advent proclaims.

We watch for the presence of God in all those we meet and we become alert to their needs. The danger at this time of year is that we get caught up in the frenzy of materialism and lose sight of what Christmas is all about.

Our God so loved us that he sent his only son to live in our midst, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus we celebrate God’s love. Remember the words of Isaiah: “the spirit of God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to prisoners to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God.” These are the very words that Jesus proclaimed in the temple as he began his public life.  These are the very words that are passed on to us.

As Jesus shard God’s love with us, let us remember to share that love with one another. Let us not forget those who are less fortunate than we are—the sick, the lonely, the hungry and afraid. As we share love, let us also share joy.

May the lights of Christmas shine brightly on the world so that we are all aware of our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than we, and being aware of them, find a way to share our joy. Let our deeds proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ is born.

May your Christmas be filled with joy and love and the New Year be one in which you proclaim God’s presence in all you do and say.

Christmas Refrain

The Virgin, weighed

with the word of God,

comes down the road:

if only you will shelter her.

St. John of the Cross

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