Faith Matters: This Christmas, Jesus wants our love

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That's because the word "Christmas" comes from the word "Cristes Maesse", or the "Mass of Christ". This direction may scare some, this would make an unpopular Christmas.

Can Christmas be observed according to biblical principles in the era dominated by trends? The 25th of December is the biggest movie-going day in the Muslim family's calendar.

However, Christmas is constantly consumed by secular culture.

As we think back over the past year there are some things that stand out in our minds that were exciting.

The following Bible passages may give some hints.

When the angels sang, "Glory to the newborn King!" on a silent night in the hills of Judea, they were the only ones singing it.

Findings revealed that some categories of people always borrow money to see them through the festive period and you do not have to be like them if you stick to your budget.

"Of peace on earth, good will to men". Tell them about the Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace whose light broke the darkness of despair.

From heaven came praise!

I try to imagine what the shepherds must have felt - if they did perceive the magnitude of the moment they were blessed to experience - when they first laid eyes on the newborn Christ. Without Jesus, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas. For in the end, what Christmas began, we will enjoy forever.

There should be no fear but joy. Wars, famines, poverty and natural disasters to mention a few, which are not only causing the greater share of ordeal to the entire population but also destroying the only home that we have, planet earth. These words and the music are so familiar, they are like our introduction to Christmas; like our personal call to worship; the ushering in of the Advent/Christmas season. When we remember that Jesus was born to save us from our sins we're reminded of the penalty of our sins which is death.

It is often considered that Santa Claus is the center of Christmas, and even the image of Santa Claus appears in front of some churches. In the midst of these crises, probably the most appropriate belief about Jesus of Nazareth is that he has come to the rescue in a hopeless situation. It is supposed to be a time of celebration because it officially recognizes the birthday of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God's sign is the baby. The Milagres Church, Rosario Church, the Cordel Church, Kulshekhar, St Sebastian Church, and many more are planning various programmes to celebrate Christmas, apart from the traditional rituals.

And if you also feel obliged, join me in daily praying for the people of Japan and the missionaries serving there, that the land of the rising sun will become the land of the Risen Son. If you want to know what God is like take a long look at Jesus Christ because He was God in human flesh. It is the Lord's day and it shall be holy.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and ideal will of God".

You see, kids, God's Incarnation is not just through Jesus. The scriptures say, "Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart". Mary constantly thought about everything about the baby. Jesus, the Word, gives meaning to our lives.

It was into this kind of world that Jesus was born into. For our sins, Jesus died, was buried, and then rose again the third day (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).