In the final week of Advent, we anticipate the birth of Christ with a specific focus on love. Above all, Christ’s birth is a divine and perfect representation of the love we seek to share with the world. Jesus takes on human flesh to live a life in the face of all of our earthly shortcomings and temptations. He was ushered into the world robed in humility, lying in a manger as the first son of a craftsman’s family.
In celebrating Jesus’ birth, we also recognize his life, defined by the love He shared for those around Him. He loved his disciples, those in opposition to him, and the marginalized fully, personally, and deeply. We also recall his death, the sacrifice of His perfect life to bring us back into loving relationship with God. In the midst of Christmas, we celebrate not only the birth of a Savior, but His life of love lived and offered on the cross for our sake.
As we celebrate Christmas this week, remember to celebrate love. While gifts and cards can be wonderful ways of expressing our affection and appreciation for family and friends, let us also do so with tender moments, meaningful moments of engagement, and making memories. Amidst last minute preparations, may we share stories and laughter with those that mean the most to us. Let us celebrate traditions, but let us also celebrate the love of Christ by sharing it generously with those around us.