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Meditation for Christmas
December 20, 2016 3:31 PM

“There were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12)

When the shepherds arrived in Bethlehem to see the Christ Child, they did not bring gifts. Instead, they brought hearts full of love and gratitude for the greatest Gift—the Word made flesh with a Savior born to them.

In the 20th and 21st centuries, gift giving has become, for some, the purpose of Christmas. This greatest Gift sometimes fades amid beautifully-wrapped gifts and festive decorations and so it is important to be conscious of why we are celebrating. We Sisters tend to not share gifts but rather find creative ways of being the example of Christ to each other. We are witnesses to the spiritual meaning of Christ coming to be with us and sharing His life with us. Could your gift giving this Christmas be to do so with the same intention?

During the Christmas Season and throughout the New Year, may we be like the shepherds and have hearts full of love for others and gratitude for our Savior, Christ the Lord.

Posted By Sister Marguerite Cook, OSF
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