No. 907 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 7 December 2016
“Christmas” comes from Old English “cristesmaessa”, Christ’s mass. Mass means celebration. It also means sending from Latin “missa” – sent.
We celebrate the sending of the Son of God into this world. “For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.” (Jh. 3: 17).
Why did God send his Son? Because God loved us. (cf. Jh. 3: 16).
Why does God love us so much? “Because God is love” (1 Jh. 4:8).
Love is the true meaning of Christmas! “God loves us and provided a way – the only Way – for us to spend eternity with him” (Lee Strobel, gotquestions.org/Christmas-true-meaning.html).
We celebrate Christ who is the head of all creation. St. Paul writes: “He is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation, for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything visible and invisible, Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers – all things were created through him and for him. Before anything was created, he existed, and he holds all things in unity.” (Col. 1: 15-17).
Again, St. Paul writes: “…when the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons” (Gal. 4: 4).
God became man – Jesus Christ, God the Son – so that man and women may become like God – people in love with God and with one another.
Let our Christmas 2016 be merry, happy and holy. Let us perform works of justice, love and mercy!