Why Christmas will always be happy

Published December 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD

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A businessman says to his friend, “With this COVID-19 economic crisis I’m a walking economy.” “What do you mean?” asks his friend. “My hairline is in recession, my stomach is in the state of inflation, and both of these are putting me in a serious depression!”

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Many of us have different perceptions about this year’s Christmas celebration. Like the businessman above, some say, “Christmas is very bad because of the severe economic crisis.” This is aggravated by the successive devastating typhoons, like “Ulysses.“

Others say, “A brother who died in Kuwait was brought home in a coffin together with other corpses”; “my father was swept away by the rampaging flood in Isabela.” “Tatay who’s working abroad can’t come home due to the lockdown.”

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Christmas would, indeed, be a lot happier if times were better, far from calamities and misfortunes. Still Christmas this year – and every year—will always be happy. And the reason is because CHRIST CAME INTO OUR WORLD. Because of this, Christmas will never fail us.

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The problem with some of us is that we have been used to celebrating Christmas from the external, material, and commercial perspective that we forget its true and spiritual meaning.

“God so loved the world that He sent his only-begotten Son” (Jn 3,16). Think about it: God didn’t send an angel or a heavenly proxy but His very own Son!

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Let’s thank the Lord for giving us this UNDESERVED GIFT. But let’s reciprocate that gift by loving and reaching out to people, especially the less fortunate,  as He did.

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THE LIGHTER SIDE.  Not too long ago, there was a politician who already tested positive yet he was going around socializing and partying with some friends. The social media went viral criticizing him. He got mad and shot back, “These bashers are very  negative.  Look at me, I’m positive.”

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A small boy is praying beside his mother in church after a Simbang Gabi: “Lord, bigyan mo ako ng cheeseburger, French fries, apple pie, strawberry shake, diet coke…”

Priest passing by, said: “Iho, nanalangin ka ba o nag-oorder sa Diyos?” (Son, are you praying or ordering God?).

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  Misa Aguinaldo (Midnight Mass) will be aired over TV5 on December 24 at 11PM to 12:30 a.m. TUNE IN.

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To realize the special project, may we appeal to our readers for financial assistance or sponsorship. You may e-mail me at [email protected] or send your love offering through: Fr. Isabelo San Luis, BDO savings account, # 000-220051623. For further inquiries, call Brian Deguito at  CP 0961-8118766.