December 15, 2014

No gifts for me at Christmas. It's not my birthday or anyone else's we are celebrating. It's Jesus' birthday.

How can we give a gift to Jesus? See Matthew 25.31-46. "As long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me" and "as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for me; and these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life."

No Bible? It would make a good birthday present for your children and grandchildren.

Ask for the New Revised Standard Version, $10 and up, at Universal Church Supplies, 9527-41 Ave., Edmonton; 780-429-3153. Later a nativity set would be nice for each. From now on I'm making less of the tree and more of the nativity.

I know of a family who put all their Christmas gift money together and had a well system drilled for an entire community who had, for years, been drinking filthy water from a murky contaminated river, waded in by animals and full of bacteria.

They knew it made them sick but without any other water supply they would die if they didn't drink it.

Pope Francis asked us to pray that all mankind could have clean drinking water. Shouldn't prayers be followed by action?

Christmas is all about what Jesus wants for his birthday – not what we want and it is Christmas we are celebrating – not the winter solstice or the season of the snowflake.

Also, St. Nicholas would not be pleased that his name and image are being used to outshine the Christ child at Christmas.

Helen Ferguson
St. Albert