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Christmas is in pleasing God alone

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Jingle bells!

Time to grow up.

Christmas' pass with such rapidity, as the calendar is replaced by another with all its false promises. Hope springs eternal in external gifts of joy, and intercessory mercy from other people. But, truth be told, your lot is solidified in your family lineage, your physical looks, and in the amount of money you make. People are fickle, and they really only care about themselves. It's time to take God seriously. Literally, at His Word, through His Word, in His Word, Jesus Christ.

The time is now for a personal liberation from the chains of the status quo.

"The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying: 'Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!' But Ahaz answered, 'I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!'” Isaiah 7:10-14

God offers Ahaz a sign, but he says 'no.' God offers Mary motherhood--a much more difficult, and life changing reality--and she says 'yes.' In effect, Ahaz' 'no,' paved the Way for Mary's fiat (yes). And we are all better off for it. From Ahaz' 'no' comes the prophecy of Jesus' birth. From Mary's 'yes' comes the 'fruit of her womb,' the seedling of the Crucified, for our salvation. It is not difficult to see that Ahaz' 'no' was for personal reasons, while Mary's 'yes' was bathed in the richness of faith.

A king says 'no' while a peasant girls says 'yes.' Christmas is in pleasing God alone.

"Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain."
Psalm 24:1-6

Outward holiness without inward conviction is the sin of every human being at one time or another. Catholics, Christians, and Pharisees, however, have made this a profession--and a lucrative one it is! All too many of us (peasant followers) have bought into this crude form of idolatry, buying the products of the idolaters, attending their seminars, and emulating their outward lifestyle.

Surprise! Surprise! They're not the Savior.

It's time to seek the inward joy of Christ for the sake of Christ, and for the sake of our own salvation. Jesus was born in a cave, in the middle of the night. Besides a few farm animals, a few dirt poor shepherds, and three wandering scientists, nobody gave a rats ass. Emperors, kings, and princes slept the night away!

Our holiness, likewise, must shine in the night regardless of its relative obscurity.

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God...Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 1:1-7

Peace is not found in churchmen and churchwomen, however influential they are, but in the Mystery of Jesus Christ unraveled in the struggles of your own life. It is true that He introduces Himself through Sacred Scripture and the Eucharist, within the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church; and it is true that without His forgiveness, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession), and His strength, in the Eucharist, our faith would wither away; yet, it is also true that He speaks to our heart in an intimate, unrepeatable, and personal manner.

Silence, faith, and attentiveness, are the keys to personal liberation from the slavery of the status quo!

"Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.

When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home." Matthew 1:18-24

God tells us what to do in the teachings of His Church, in the Commandments, in Sacred Scripture, in the words of His Apostles on earth (Pope and Bishops--concerning faith and morals), and in the silent whisper of our conscience. When God offers His Wisdom we should not be afraid to respond with a 'yes.' Men and women will propose many things to us…mostly for their gain. But God is good (Love), all the time.

Trust Him, let Him set you free, and please Him alone. And, have a Merry Christmas now.




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