A blessed Advent and Merry Christmas to all of you. This is such a beautiful time of the year, filled with memories and moving images of an amazingly humble God. Various TV channels usually run such classics as Dicken’s A Christmas Carol (did you see the Disney – Jim Carrey version?), 1983 A Christmas Story, 1964 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1969 Frosty the Snowman and the 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas. Some people like the 2008 movie The Nativity Story. Many churches put on live nativity play, Saint Francis started it all!
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus (Luke 1:31)
Christmas and Easter are also times when it is popular for various TV channels to show documentaries on Jesus, etc. Many of these programs this year will focus on anything except the religious aspect of Christmas – or they will be presenting the story from a skeptical point of view using testimonies from various “scholars”. Beware!! It is worth noting that we are often bombarded from so many different sources which plant seeds of doubt about our faith. This is the tactic taken by the serpent in the garden. We are all influenced by the secular culture. Beware!! Skepticism is the enemy of your vocation. Littleness of faith is a huge problem when it comes to discerning and answering your call from God. Let’s say bah humbug to the sowers of secular skepticism.
Just say no to those skeptical Grinches!
P.S. Remember the Nativity story? It is all true.
May the newborn baby Jesus bless you,
Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
Saint Joseph Friary, Harlem, NY