Monday 9 December 2013

Christmas Day - Mass During the Day

Nowadays we hear the word "love" being used and misused rampantly. People sometimes interchange the word "like" or "enjoy" with the word "love." For example, a person may say "I love ice-cream" but actually mean "I like or enjoy eating ice-cream." Or perhaps a person may say "I love shopping" but actually mean "I like going shopping." The word "love" is too often used instead of the word "like" or "enjoy," for things which are merely pleasing, but evoke no great warmth of feeling or desire. This habitual use of the word "love" to express other feelings minimises and cheapens the real meaning and potential of love in its true sense.

While some of us may not fully understand or appreciate the word "love," God has shown us in many ways the true meaning of the word "love." Today we celebrate Christmas Day and today, "The Word was made flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth." This "Word" is Jesus Christ who came because "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." What about us? Are we willing to love others with all sincerity, just as God loves us unconditionally? Let us bring the joy of Christmas, spreading peace, love and goodwill to all persons.

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