Merry Christmas? In this season of COVID, maybe not. Too many have lost their lives or livelihoods. Perhaps we’re isolated from friends and family, missing the usual festivities.
Of course, the first Christmas was also tough. Things rarely went well for Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
They were poor. Mary gave birth in a barn. They became refugees. Mary was widowed young. And then she had to watch her son be tortured and executed.
If the Holy Family could not escape such trials, why should we?
But Advent and Christmas remind us that the sufferings of this world — even death — no longer have the last word. In the birth of Jesus, God has invaded our world, and by his life, death and resurrection he has opened for us the gates of heaven and purchased for us the rewards of eternal life.
On Christmas night, the cry of the Christ Child heralds the promise that will be fulfilled on Easter morning: “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world” (John 16:33).
Northwest Catholic - December 2020
Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at [email protected].
Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: [email protected].
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