One of my favorite Christmas childhood memories is sitting under the tree in our dimly lit front room with the Christmas tree lights on reflected in the ornaments. If you could, remember the old large light bulbs of the basic red, green, blue and white. Their light reflected so brightly in the multi-colored glass ornaments. You had to be careful not to bump up against the ornaments because they were very fragile. The tree was always real so that the scent of pine pervaded the area. We always had a manger scene under the tree and would count down the days when we would put the figure of the baby Jesus there to make the scene complete. It was so quiet and for a child magical. Perhaps you have a memory like this one too.
As an adult when one reminisces we realize that these memories were really God’s teachable moments for us. For example, with the memory above, if you think about it, we are the lights. We reflect the light of the Lord within us to the rest of those that we meet, in this case the ornaments. The font of this light is the baby Jesus that we find in the manger. We can burn brightly or we can burn out like a spent bulb. With the old bulbs when one burnt out we had to check every bulb to see which one burnt out. It was a taxing job, but if we are to be the light of the world for Christ then we need to help our fellow lights and personally help their lights to shine too. After Christmas is over we put the decorations away, yes, the lights, the ornaments and even the figure of baby Jesus, but our light is meant to shine for all to see after Christmas. Keep your light shining and help someone else to shine too.
Bible Vs.: Jn. 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Matt. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Prayer: Lord, maker of the universe, help me to shine your light on all people. Let me praise you in the world so that others may begin to praise you too. Help me to live out the spirit of Christmas throughout the whole year so that all may be prepared to receive your Son.
Spotlight: Come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117 where we try to see others in the light of Christ all year round. Come to Mass here, come pray and come to allow your light to shine as well. Come and visit our gift shop too so that you can purchase a religious book, medal, rosary, statue, to help you find the light of Christ.