What Is It All About?
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
Some few years ago just before Christmas, when some children were staying with us, we watch together the American cartoon “Charlie Brown,” and the episode was called 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.'
In the cartoon, when 7-year-old Charlie Brown, the frustrated director of the children’s Christmas play, is discouraged by the commercial spirit of the Christmas season, he asks if anyone can tell him what the real meaning of Christmas is. Linus recites Luke 2:11-14 including the words, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (v 11-14. Linus then says, “That is what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
During the Christmas season filled with our own worries, hopes and dreams, it is indeed good to stop and ponder afresh God’s great love expressed in the familiar story of Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus, and the angels who announced the Saviour’s birth.
That’s what Christmas is all about.
Father in heaven, as we approach Christmas, may we grasp in a deeper way Your amazing Gift to us. Amen.