Don’t Make Christmas ‘Just Another Day’

December 24, 2016

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:67-79)

Today’s Gospel offers us the beautiful Canticle of Zechariah. It is a wonderful message of hope, a fitting focus for the final day of Advent.

The verse above acknowledges that we struggle at times. The world can weigh heavily on us. The battles and challenges of everyday life can leave a cloud hanging over us. We need a break. We need some light to shine through the clouds. We need peace.

Our God is compassionate. The star of the Nativity offers us a ray of hope. Our goal is to allow that hope to grow in our hearts and be reflected in our thoughts and actions, and “guide our feet into the way of peace.”

If we don’t open ourselves up to that possibility, Christmas is just another day.

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