Saturday of the Fourth Week

Readings

2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
Lk 1:67-79

Reflection

Every year, the Christmas Season seems to begin earlier than the year before.  We pressure ourselves, and perhaps others, to find the perfect gift, perfect decorations and prepare the perfect meal. Sometimes though, we are so busy trying to make everything perfect that we miss the true gift of the season.
 
In these readings, we are reminded that God is always with us and through the birth of His son, we have a living example of His love for us, a gift we may think we could never match. That is not true. We can honor God not with material things but with love and forgiveness. We are called to walk with those who are suffering and pray that they will feel the light of God’s love. We don’t need to be bigger, better or perfect to give others the gift that reflects the true gift of the season.  As Christmas day approaches, we should recognize that our love and compassion for God and all of those he created are the ultimate demonstration of the true meaning of Christmas. 

-Luke Rohde, Plumber, Building Maintenance Department, and Michelle Rohde, Employee Relations Coordinator, Human Resources