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25 December 2020 – Christmas Day Worship Guide

“SINAG NG PAG-ASA”

Yes, this very day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The celebration gives us so much excitement and joy for we expect a lot of beautiful things to happen. Christmas, as we all know, is an opportune time for social gatherings and reunion. Although we celebrate it now in a different way with respect to the guidelines set by the IATF, still, families, friends and relatives find a way to gather together to renew their relationships and refresh each other with fond, precious, and good memories. Churches from the different Christian denominations launch Christmas day services to reflect on the essence of the birth of Christ. On the other side, there are those who reduce their Christmas celebration into a kind of what we called, “material gain” and “commercialism.” Monetary profit dictates the capitalist to take advantage of the joyful and generous mood of the people, and take note that even we are in the midst of pandemic, they have a way of making a profit thru online services. Increase in cost and appraisement of basic necessities continue to rise. Ang presyo ng sibuyas binibili mo pa lamang at hindi mo pa hinihiwa mapapaiyak ka na, pati sili hindi lamang lasa ang mahanghang pati presyo. I know there are a lot of people who are bothered by what the capitalists are doing to us right now, or may be some just don’t want to think about it at this time of joyful celebration. It is so sad that while relationships and personal ties are being strengthened and renewed to suit the spirit of the Incarnating God, we also see around us some “danger signs” that cover the true meaning of the birth of Christ.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I know that in our lives, there are times when we are caught in a situation where we do not know what to do. There are circumstances in life that seemingly are out of control and the pressure is overwhelming. But praise be to God! For His grace is always sufficient for us and His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. God never gets tired of reaching out to us. He will not leave us alone for He knows that we need Him. That is exactly the reason why He came down to live with us, died for us and assured us of His presence in the midst of trials and hardships. That hope is His precious gift to us Jesus Christ God’s beloved Son, Whom we celebrate today.