Hope you are doing well. I had been insisting that all need to make a good confession for a better celebration of Christmas. I am happy some are coming to make confession. But most do not seem to commit any sin as they don’t see the need to make confession. I would earnestly ask you to make your confession before the Christmas and make the celebration a little more meaningful and fruitful.
I was watching a reality show on the television. The show was about some celebrity, who would go out to do some work or any other project through which they would raise some funds that would be given to some needy deserving family which was already selected by the television channel crew. Anything that the celebrity does would be cashed in. Some people would ask the celebrity some questions, and the celebrity would get some money to answer the questions and the audience would give the money for that answer because they knew the purpose of the event.
In one such occasion, one person asked a celebrity, “What is your greatest achievement in your life?” The celebrity immediately said with a wink, “What else, except that I was born?” The person who asked the question was puzzled. The celebrity continued, “Yes, to be born in this world is the biggest achievement, and much more to live as a good human person”. I would add one more sentence to the celebrity’s answer. That is: and much more to live a good Christian life.
This actually is something that we need to reflect upon. Among the millions of life-cells from our parents only few cells gathered together to form us into a human person and that is who we are. And among many people that are born, only few are baptized and become Christians. Among too many of those baptized only few cling on to the faith that was handed over. And among those who cling on to the faith, only some realize the value of being a Christian and only some really know what it takes to be a Christian, and much more to be a Catholic.
This season of advent, we are expecting a birth which made history. Even this birth was a tough one. The person whose birth we are waiting for found it very hard to live His own life as the person he was meant to be, the Christ our Savior. We know what happened to Him for living as He was supposed to. This gives us the reason as to why it is hard to live like a good Christian and Catholic. The way that Christ lived was in contrast with the material and worldly values which were based on short lived pleasure. He lived a life of everlasting uncompromised values. That is the kind of life that we are called to live and that is what we have opted for, through the sacrament of Baptism.
As we are awaiting the birth of Baby Jesus, let us ask him for the courage to live like he did, the courage to witness to him despite anything that may hinder us in this life of a Christian.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony.