Posted by : Blyton Pinto | Catholic Life
Who is the biggest enemy of Christmas? The atheists? Secularists? Or those hostile to Christianity? Or other religions? New Age movement? Pro-abortionists, pro-same-sex marriage, or pro-euthanasia activists? Actually NO. The answer is….
It's an apt time of the year to introspect everything about Christmas. Some of the previous articles published here spoke about the best gift to give someone for Christmas or 10 things you can do to create long-lasting Christmas memories.
However, at the same time, we should also think about the challenges practicing Christians face when it comes to Christmas. While there are many physical, social, political and religious obstacles to Christmas, I equally think the No: 1 enemy is You and me or simply put, all of us.
What is Christmas?
Literally, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. At a spiritual level, preparation for Christmas requires us to cleanse ourselves of all that is not worthy of Jesus. Our souls and hearts need to be pure and holy in order to receive the Holy of Holies, in a worthy manner.
The No: 1 enemy of Christmas
All sinful thoughts, words, and deeds that come from our heart, mind, body, and soul takes us away from the Savior and builds a wall between us and Him. By sinning, we put obstacles to the birth or the Coming of Jesus into our lives and homes.
Where ever Jesus is, that place has to be clean and worthy to receive Him. By being unclean, we Christians, who are going to celebrate Christmas very soon can potentially become the No:1 enemy of the same celebration.
Yes, I know, a counter-argument would be that Jesus came to save the sinner, to heal the blind, purify the unclean. All good and true. But remember, He also said,
So those of us who have been hearing God’s Word throughout their lives or repeatedly, have no excuse to hold on to the counter-argument.
I, personally am guilty of being the No: 1 enemy by my actions in the last week. But I cannot stay in that state. There is tremendous urgency to come out of that unclean state as Christmas is just a week away. The only way out is for me to convert from an enemy to an ally of Jesus. That is possible only through forgiveness and humility.
This is no big-time secret. It’s right on our tongues when we say the Our father - “...forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…..”. Forgive and be forgiven by God. But to be fair, becoming a true ally of Jesus is difficult; but not impossible.
At the core of Christmas is the birth of Jesus. Not physically, but spiritually in our hearts and souls. Just as we clean up our houses before someone dear visits our homes, similarly we have to be clean internally before Jesus comes into our hearts. That is the best and only way to be Jesus’s ally; not Enemy No. 1
I wish you a wonderful 3rd week of Advent and a Blessed & Holy Christmas.
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