Today is Christmas Eve. Many people (myself and my family included) will go to Mass this afternoon or this evening for Christmas. Many will attend the beautiful Midnight Mass. Whenever you attend, I pray that you will be filled with blessings!
I was recently reading an interest study that said that only 47% of Americans will attend a church service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. That means that the majority of Americans will have no religious celebration regarding the birth of Jesus. How sad. It reminds me of Mary’s Dream About Christmas, the video that you can watch here.
You see, I think that for these people it will always be Christmas Eve. Sure the calendar will change and they will no doubt exchange gifts and family get-togethers. And many will say, “Oh, Christmas is all about family.” Well, that may be one small part of the equation, but it is far from the whole truth. Christmas is truly all about Jesus. You know the root of the word – Christ-Mass. If Christmas is only about presents and family and food and lights, then the real meaning is missed. How sad to be stuck on Christmas Eve forever. When you go to Christmas services, remember to say a prayer for all those who won't be there, that the Christ Child will touch their hearts and draw them to Him.
Father, help us to remember the true meaning of the celebration. May Jesus be born anew in our hearts each and every day. Amen.