The Opportunity This Christmas

This Christmas has the potential to be one of the greatest. Thousands and thousands of fallen away Catholics will be in church once again. We have a shot to challenge them to think, one more opportunity to make the gospel come alive in their hearts. What can we say that might bring them back to the Church? What I would do is hit them with the Gospel as simply as possible?
Simply put Christmas isn’t really about a baby in a manger but God who loved us so much and wanted a relationship with us so badly He came to earth as a baby, being born in a smelly drafty stable. It is about a God who loves us so passionately He came to earth to live in poverty in a backwater province long before the invention of air conditioning, central heating and indoor plumbing. He chose to live in Palestine knowing He would be rejected and executed on the cross, the most painful form of execution ever invented.
He came knowing that most of us would reject His love and prefer the lies of the modern world. He chose to die for us despite the fact that He knew every vile, selfish sin we would ever commit.
It is about a God so approachable that He sent angels to invite the lowest of the low in Palestine, the shepherds to come to Him. It is about the God who reached out to sinners and invited them to follow Him. It is about a God willing to dine with the poor, the rejected and outcasts of society. No sin was too great.
Christmas is about God who came so that we might have life and have it abundantly who desperately wants to bless us, who wants us to be happy and knows what we really need to be happy. It is about God who wants a better life for us than the world offers, better than we can ever imagine and gave us the Commandments to protect us from the pain and bitterness caused by sin. He knew how much we would be hurt if we followed the world and longs to heal and restore us. It is about a God who ardently wants to forgive our sins and set us free from all that holds us down.
Christmas is about the God who knows what we feel when we suffer pain or feel afraid because He suffered and was afraid too in the Garden and on the road to Calvary. It is about a God who understands from a human perspective all that we go through.
Christmas is about Jesus who loved us so much He gave us the Church and Sacraments so that He could stay with us and guide us. He loves us so much He waits each day in the Tabernacle for us to visit Him. It is about the God who fervently longs for us to come home to Him and His Church.
Take another look at our faith. It is a faith that millions through the ages have found worth dying for. Ask yourself what have I missed, what they knew that they were willing to give up everything.
Open your hearts to the greatest love you can ever imagine. Come back to the God who loves you so passionately He gave you everything even Himself in Communion.
In the meantime we need to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide the words of priests and to open the hearts of those who listen even ourselves. Maybe just maybe we too will be renewed.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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