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In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah...the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord."
This meditation is based on this morning's school homily.
Christ is the reason. Christ is the reason for the season...because He taught us to give for no reason! This is the great mystery of our faith: to love someone for no reason.
Christmas may be old but it is forever new,
since giving for no reason remains hard to do.
But when someone takes a chance and gives for no reason,
then watch out boys and girls -
get ready for some big surprises.
This is what happened to Zechariah and to Elizabeth. They never imagined having a baby at their advanced age!
God loves surprises because he loves to love.
And love always surprises.
T'is the season for great surprises.
This is our season.
Now is the time to surprise someone who does not love you.
Now is the time to surprise those who expect nothing from you.
Who is it?
Who is it?
Think long and hard.
Is it a family member?
Is it an ex-friend?
Is it your ex-wife?!
Is it your mother-in-law?!!??
Can you think of someone you haven't spoken to in years?
Think long and hard but do not delay.
Don't let another Christmas Day fade away.
Christ's birth confirmed what our ancestors long ago suspected: God had no intention whatsoever of avoiding us, not even the worst of us!
And though Nicodemus knew of a Virgin giving birth,
never did he expect it would produce his own rebirth.
Don't make Christmas boring by giving for a reason.
Make it inviting, exciting and surprising by giving for no reason.