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A Reflection from Father King
We are just one week away from Christmas as we approach the end of this very short Advent. Christmas is also a very short season lasting from Christmas Night until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which falls on January 8th this year. In the old calendar of the Church, the season of Christmas lasted until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 40 days after Christmas Day, on February 2nd. That was a more appropriate time to end as it brought the days of Jesus’ infancy to its natural conclusion with the purification of His mother and His presentation in the Temple as recounted by Saint Luke. It also gave people more time to reflect on the different aspects and lessons of Jesus’ birth, infancy and childhood.
On December 26th we celebrate the Feast of Saint Stephen, the very first martyr of the Church, which may seem a strange way to celebrate the joyful aftermath of Jesus’ birth. Saint Stephen reminds us that if we are to truly receive the blessings that the Child Jesus came to bring all of us, we must be ready to believe in Him totally and follow Him totally in the way we live our lives. December 27th is dedicated to Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist. Saint John wrote the fourth Gospel and we have three of his letters in addition to the Book of Revelation – The Book of the Apocalypse (the unveiling of God). Saint John’s Gospel and writings help us to reflect most profoundly on the significance of what we celebrate now – that God became one of us; that He took on a human nature so as to redeem us from the darkness of sin and death.
On December 28th we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents. This day is dedicated to the terrible events surrounding King Herod’s attempt to destroy the baby Jesus. It is a special reminder that those who use their earthly power to destroy Christ can never succeed although they bring much suffering to many in their hatred of God. We are called to continue to believe and follow God’s will for us despite the suffering that our faith may at times impose upon us. The Holy Innocents are also a powerful challenge to our time in which our abortion laws have led to the murder of millions of innocent human beings in the womb.
In conclusion, Christmas does not end on Christmas Day. I would encourage you to continue to celebrate Christmas even after the 25th – don’t put away your Christmas tree and decorations until the Christmas season has come to an end. Make sure to make those days special for yourself and your family and friends.