Our world today presents us with many opportunities, many attractions, and many distractions that make it easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the Christmas season. But in fact, this is the Season of Light whether from the lights of the Christmas tree, the glow of the Advent Wreath candles, the flame of the Menorah, or perhaps simply the sky on a rare day of sunshine in a Milwaukee December. Let the light shine!
May this Season of Light be a time of celebration and merriment but also a time of reflection. Remember that behind the packages and the lights is the radiance that is our God. See that light in the eyes of the people around you. See it in the eyes of your family and friends and classmates. See it in your own face when you look in the mirror. Doing this will allow each of us to welcome that little baby on Christmas, the way that Mary and Joseph so willingly welcomed him into their lives. And know that God so lovingly welcomes us into His.
May the peace of God rule in your dreams. May your joys be fulfilled and your prayers be answered. May you have healing, health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings, and the Blessings of God from Marquette University.