A Christmas Letter from Jesus
for coming and celebrating my birthday tonight (today). I, like you, enjoy celebrating, and what we
celebrate tonight is cause for much celebration because 2000 years ago, when I
was born, people first began to realize that they were no longer in darkness,
but that the light was attainable again.
People began to realize that I had opened a way for them not just back into the
Garden of Paradise, but the infinitely greater gift of the opportunity to dwell in and with God! As my beloved friend
and disciple writes in his letter that you just heard:
who walked in darkness have seen a great light!
this is cause for much celebration, I want to write to you about
something. I am human, like you, and so
I recognize that for a lot of you, Christmas is a time of pain. Many of you have been blessed growing up with
wonderful Christmas memories. Let’s
pause there and just smile thinking about those celebrations of the past. Know that in those past celebrations I was
there with you, in the midst of your celebrations, and your joy brought great
joy to me.
But on this
side of Heaven, as we know, things can change.
A lot of you are sitting here at this Mass with a sadness because, if it
were up to you, a certain person or a group of people would still be with you
tonight (Today). Through the years, this congregation has lost
brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. Some of you are sad tonight (today) because
you are separated from those who are still living, but are not able to make it
home for Christmas. Either way, whatever
the cause of the separation, there is no pain like the separation of people who
love each other. I want to say to you
tonight (Today) that I walk with you in your sorrow. I would not say to you, “move on” “forget”,
or “time heals all wounds” – I made you and I love you and like Job’s friends I
sit with you in the midst of your sadness.
the expression “I’m just trying to make it through Christmas”. For many of you, Christmas is a more intense
reminder of who is NOT here. Precisely
because past Christmasses with loved ones and family were so joyous, and were
so awesome, Christmas becomes not a time for celebration but a time for being
confronted by the grief and depression brought on by recalling the ghosts of
As I said
earlier, I would not tell you to stop being sad, because I share your
sadness. I made you from before time
began. I am not a distant God who rules
and commands from afar. I made you
because I love you. And I am a human
person too. You may recall my reaction
when I received word that my good friend Lazarus had died. Again, as my friend and Apostle John wrote:
I would like
to issue an invitation to you – I want to invite you into the joy of THIS
Christmas. I was with you in the past,
but I am with you right now in this moment too.
The first Christmas turned on a water faucet that is impossible to shut
off. The water flows now continuously,
and that water is my presence among you.
I am flowing forth within all those who love me, bubbling up like a
living stream overflowing, and so I am constantly “being born” and coming forth
in this moment, in new ways
I loved you
then, I love you now, and I will love you for all time. So let Heaven and Nature sing, let Heaven and
nature sing because the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.