… and all that jazz

You know, God gives gifts. Some? Are just for fun. We need that. With fun in mind I share this. Watch the guy with the beard. Now, go buy a kazoo.

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Gift Wrap … Thursday, September 12

Gift Wrap Patterns Galore

Gift Wrap. What’s inside the package is what counts. But there’s nothing wrong with a pretty wrapper.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. In this instance we might think of the Presentation as being presented with a present. That’s just what happened to Simeon and Anna, isn’t it? Now, there are people who will turn down a gift. There are any number of reasons. They may feel unworthy, they might consider it “charity” and let pride get in the way, they could dislike the giver and so not want the gift, or maybe its to good to be true and they turn it down because there must be a catch. Lots of reasons. And there are folks who turn down the Gift that is Christ. Everyone has freewill, we can all make choices. And take responsibility for them. The ability, the willingness, to accept is in itself a gift, a grace, from God. We might all want to pray extra hard for this grace. So much hangs in the balance, riches freely given on the one hand, eternal poverty on the other. I used to ask people, as conversations took odd turns, what they would do if presented with two packages. A gift. They could have one, but just one. They could pick. One was wrapped in pretty paper with bows and ribbon. The other was wrapped in brown paper with only a string tying it. The contents of each package were exactly the same. They’d get the same present regardless which package they picked. So which one would you take? The answer is telling. Most said the one with the plain brown wrapper. And as the conversation progressed it would become evident that they had a poor self-image and thought themselves unworthy of the pretty package. That  gift should go to someone else, someone “better”. The gift of Christ is the same for all. In this case YOU get to wrap it and then present it to the world around you. And the people around you, those you’ll share the gift with, are worthy of which package?

Today … St. Autonomous. An Italian bishop and martyr. During the persecution instituted by Emperor Diocletian, Autonomous fled to Bithynia to escape the persecution. There, he worked tirelessly until arrested by Roman authorities and murdered for the faith. Saints AWAYS wrap their gift with ribbons and bows.

Tomorrow … See how much nicer, prettier, you can make your package between now and then. 😉

YOU can be a star! … Thursday, December 27

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.” Luke 2:7. The Christmas season. “Season” because it is a time and not just a day. It’s a time to remember when. Remember when Mary “brought forth” Jesus? I like the words, “brought forth”. What, Who, was brought forth was a gift for the world, for you and for me. And every day we have the chance to bring Jesus forth, give a gift of Him to the world, by letting God’s Holy Spirit give birth in our own lives to a holiness that will be a beacon for those seeking a gift. There are still wise people who are looking for a star to follow in order to find the Child. If we let the Light of the world shine through us we can be that star. And that same Mary who lent herself to the delivery of this Miracle 2,000 years ago will lend a hand now. Just ask. The Gift is there for the asking.

Today … St. John the Apostle. The disciple that Jesus loved. That’s really all that needs to be said, all that needs to be copied, isn’t it? If I add to that statement I’ll only detract from it.

Remember … Remember not to fall for all the worldly media hype. Christmas didn’t end on the 25th. It’s not a day, it’s a season. We celebrate til January 6. If we have a true conversion experience, and remember also that just because you’ve had one doesn’t mean you can’t have more, like Scrooge who saw the Light at the end we can decide to keep Christmas in our hearts every day of the year all year long. I mean, it’s not like you have to give the Gift back on January 7th, now is it?

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Sunday, December 23

Luke 1:39-45 is today’s Gospel reading and, for those who pray the Rosary, very familiar. The short version is The Visitation. Mary goes to her cousin Elizabeth’s and is greeted, as the Mother of Messiah, with great joy. Both Elizabeth and the baby in her womb, little John who is blessed to be the forerunner of Christ, express joy in the arrival of Mary, the Mother of God, and God Himself made manifest in the flesh. Although still hidden from natural sight Jesus is there to be seen with the eyes of faith.

Today, there for eyes of faith to see, the Christ Child (Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8.) is with us. There for eyes of faith because He remains hidden from natural sight, veiled by God with bread and wine. Elizabeth received Him with joy and so should we. In two more days we will celebrate His birth. We will attend Christmas Mass with all of the earthly beauty our parish can muster. The trees, the lights, the flowers, and the smiles on children’s faces. They, the children, are all caught up in the expectation of receiving. And today, Christmas day, is one of the best days of the year to do that. We all know it’s better to give than to receive. But I don’t think Paul had Communion in mind when he wrote that. Jesus said we needed to become like little children in order to enter into the Kingdom of God. Christmas, with a child-like expectation of receiving, is the perfect time to do that. Whatever may be under the tree at home, however fine and beautiful that gift may be, here on the Altar is One infinitely greater. One meant for a child, regardless of age, to receive.

Christmas Mass. When you go think about the joy felt by Elizabeth and John. Look at the faces of the children around you there in church and see the happiness and joy, the happiness and joy experienced when expectantly waiting to receive a wonderful gift. A gift much desired. And then look at the Altar. Of all the beautiful things and people you can look at right now, there at Christmas Mass, the two things that are paramount are His Gift to you and your child-like heart. Together there is nothing more beautiful, and no more wonderful a gift from either Him to you or you to Him, than these two things combined in love.

Merry Christmas. 🙂