For me, it means remembering what the season of Christmas is really all about. Christmas trees, gifts and family celebrations are all great, but we must not lose sight of the fact that what we are celebrating is the birth of Jesus Christ.
We're all familiar with the story of Bethlehem, but have you looked for the real meaning of the story? If you look at why Jesus came to earth, we need to remember that He came to save us.
I read a book once entitled, "Wood of the Cradle, Wood of the Cross." by Caryll Houselander. The book stated that Christ came to earth so that we would be saved by His sacrifice. It even presents some similarities between the Nativity and the Crucifixion. Both times, Jesus was next to wood. Both times, He catches Herod's attention. Both times, Jesus is crying. Both times, His mother, Mary, weeps. And both times, a man named Joseph saves the day. Our salvation comes not from the manger, but from the cross. For without the manger, there would be no cross.
Whatever catches your eyes this Christmas, whether it be the lights, the tree or the gifts, remember that the greatest gift the world has ever known was not under a tree, but hung on a tree.
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AUTHOR: MIKE REICKS
Mike grew up in Carroll, IA, and has lived in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area since the mid-1970s. He has been a member of Corpus Christi parish since 1993 and currently serves as usher, lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Mike is also currently serving as the Grand Knight of the Queen of Apostles Knights of Columbus council. Mike has been married to Kris since 1994 and has two grown children, Erika and Nick, married to Jenni, as well as two amazing grandchildren, Allison and Ethan.