Merry Christmas!

I encourage you during this Christmas Season, in a quiet moment, after the kids are in bed, after the last relatives leave, after you’ve drained your last eggnog, to sit down for a moment in an at least somewhat secluded place, close your eyes, and go to Bethlehem. Smell the hay and the cool, crisp winter’s air. Look at the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys. Feel the warm breath of the cattle. See the young shepherd boys who gingerly approach the place where the star led them. Approach your Mother Mary and her loving spouse. Adore the Christ Child. Linger there, and love Him who made you, who became small for you. If you get the courage, ask His mother if you can hold Him for a moment. As the distractions of your life try to pull you away from this scene in your imagination, bring yourself back to the little One. Tell him, in a whisper, gently, what you need, what you want, what you are sorrowful, joyful, nervous about. Or tell Him nothing at all. Linger as long as you want. Don’t forget, however, while you’re there, to pray for your priest and for your parish. For without Him, they can do nothing.

May God bless you and keep you. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Rueb

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