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"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Sunday, February 21, 2010

“Remembering the role of the youth in fulfilling Christ’s Mission of Love"

Hi! I wish to share with you the reflections I presented to a group of Youth Ministry members of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga last Feb. 20, 2010. The occasion was their annual holding of "Un Noche de Amor Junto con Cristo." I hope the reflections will also help you reflect on your role as a follower of Jesus Christ.

God bless you!



“Remembering the role of the youth in fulfilling Christ’s Mission of Love


Points for Reflection:

+ Perhaps it is better to ask ourselves “Why are we here?” “What brought us here tonight?” Probably for some of us, there are a lot of things that need to be finished, but why is it that we set those things aside for a moment and be here tonight, in this noche de amor hunto con Cristo?

+ Dear friends, taqui kita ahora porque ta cre kita na tiene pa mas importante, y este mas importante is Christ Jesus himself. You are here because you believe that being here is worth it. Being here spells your faith and perhaps your sense of meaning in life. Ta-pensa yo na bien alegre ustedes na taqui ustedes para participa el maga actividades di este noche.

+ But be reminded that it is not only you who are happy that you are here tonight. I believe Mother Church is also very happy that you are happy to be here tonight.

+ Dear sisters and brothers, we rest on the premise that you – the youth of today – are the hope and future of our fatherland. In the same manner, it is you – the young people of this generation – are the hope and the future of Mother Church. The continuation of our traditions and character (ethos) as a nation and as a Church (believers of Christ) primarily rests on you! What a tremendous task you have!

+ I will go back to this point some time during my presentation. But to deepen our reflection tonight, let me propose two things. (Jesuits, you know, are well known for their two / three point presentation or homily. So allow me to be “true to who I am” tonight.) I hope these salient points will help us realize the significance of our role as followers of Christ Jesus, particularly you, the young and energetic followers of Christ. The first point is: Christianity is a religion founded on a “Story”. The second point: Christianity is a religion based on relationship.”

+ First reflection: Christianity is a religion founded on a “Story.” And that story is no other than the story of Jesus Christ. I remember Bishop Chito Tagle giving a talk to a group of Jesuits, religious, clergy and lay people in Loyola School of Theology some time ago about the very story of Jesus… the story that spread throughout the world, and the very story that touches and influences the lives of almost one billion people up to today. Christianity continues to thrive this very moment… the memory of Jesus continues to fill the hearts of men and women… simply because people – The Christians – continue to spread the story of Jesus – the Gospel – which is the very message of Christianity. Kung sa Binisaya pa, “Radyo Baba” ang atong relihiyon. Ta-accepta kita na di aton fe, el fe na estaba pa na maga estoria y testamonia na di aton maga ninuno. The story that we accept that at one point in history, a man named Jesus Christ, came and preached the very message of salvation and love. And his followers, throughout the ages, bring with them this story to wherever they go, and in sharing that story, our faith in this Word Incarnate, this God made man, is founded.

+ How can we relate this first point to the premise previously established, that you are the hope and future of Mother Church? Simple… it is your role… your responsibility to continue to spread the story of Jesus wherever you go. It is precisely your mission… to continue the apostolic task… of keeping the memory of Jesus Christ alive and active in our world. Kaakibat ng responsibilidad na ito ay ang ating gawain na iwasan ang mga maling kuwento at ang tunay na kuwento lamang ang ipalaganap. (relate to chismis… social responsibility)

+ Having established that point brings our reflection into a deeper level. El di aton fe hinde lang estaba na estorya… mas importante, el di aton fe, is grounded on relationship. What do I mean by this dear friends?

+ If we try to watch the Christian Channels over cable TV (mga Dating Daan, Iglesia ni Kristo, 700Club, etc…), most of the testimonies given by those “converted to Christ” are based on a very personal and intimate encounter with the Divine. In the parlance of Spiriruality, we term that as Religious Experience. A life-changing, world-turning experience. An experience that will transform people and lives. Ta-uwi ustedes na maga testimonia na igual con este: “Dati po hindi ako naniniwala sa Dios. Barumbado at basagulero po ako. Inom at inom lang, sugal ng sugal, hindi ko nga inaalagaan ang aking pamilya. Ngunit isang araw, nagkasakit po ako. Sabi po ng doktor na tatlong buwan na lang po akong mabubuhay. May taning na po ako dahil sa liver cirrhosis. Sa punto pong iyon ay napadasal ako. Dios, kung totoo ka man, magparamdam ka naman sa akin. Kung tunay kang umiiral, tulungan mo naman ako... and we know the rest of the story… Noong bumalik po ako sa doktor, sabi po niya sa akin na hindi niya maipaliwanag ngunit malusog na po ang aking atay. Wala na po akong taning. Praise the Lord!” The religious experience changed the person’s life. The intimate encounter of the Divine brought about conversion.

+ Dear friends, our religion and faith do not only depend on a story. But more precisely, it is grounded on a relationship. Mas napahahalagahan ang kuwento dahil sinusuportahan po ang kuwento ng personal na karanasan. Most of us believe in God not only because we heard of him, but more importantly, we have snippets of experience and encounter of Him.

+ Maga hermano y hermana, God calls each of us into a personal relationship with Him. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the Society of Jesus, in the Spiritual Exercises narrates that God deals with us in three manners: first, as God to a Creature… second, as Master to a Disciple… third, but more meaningful and personal, as Friend to a friend. I think this makes our faith wonderful. Our God who is intangible and incomprehensible calls us to be close to Him. He draws us closer and closer to His Being through the heart of Jesus.

+ If there is one desire that Jesus has for all of us, it is this: To be drawn to His friendship. To join Him in his endeavors and in his mission of bringing the love and forgiveness of the Father to the world.

+ As I was preparing for this reflection, I wondered how I could deepen and develop the level of thought. And in the midst of my ruminations, a song gently played in my mind. Most of you do not know that I love songs (though I do not know if songs love me), and songs draw me into prayer. Baka siguro naging Heswita ako dahil sa awit at musika. We are familiar with the Jesuit Music Ministry, the famous and recognized Fr. Hontiveros (Pananagutan), Fr. Fruto Ramirez (Si Krito ay Gunitain), Fr. Manoling Francisco (Hindi Kita Malilimutan), Fr. Arnel Aquino (Ito ang Araw), at marami pang iba. The song composed by Jesuit Fathers Bong Abad Santos & Charlie Cenzon, as I have told you, gently played in my mind. The song speaks so much of the point that we try to establish tonight. Pagkakaibigan. Jesus draws us into friendship. Jesus invites us to be close and intimate with Him… with our God. Jesus wants to be our friend.

Ang sinuman sa aki’y nananahan,

mananahan din ako sa kanya.

At kung siya’y mamunga ng masagana,

Siya sa Ama’y nagbigay ng karangalan…

Mula ngayon, kayo’y aking kaibigan,

Hinango sa dilim at kababaan.

Ang kaibiga’y mag-aalay ng sarili nyang buhay,

Walang hihigit sa yaring pag-aalay.

+ Pagkakaibigan. Sabi ni San Ignacio hindi lamang nagpaparamdam ang Dios sa atin bilang Dios at Guro, ngunit sa mas malalim na nibel, ang nibel ng pagkakaibigan. Jesus said that He calls us servants no longer since he considers us friends… A servant doesn’t know what his Master is about but a friend does (relate with friends knowing each other by gesture, voice, figure, etc…).

At kaibigan natin siya dahil ibinuwis niya ang kanyang buhay para sa atin at sa ating kaligtasan. No greater love man has but to lay down his very life for the sake of his friends!

Kung paanong mahal ako ng aking Ama,

Sa inyo’y aking ipinadarama.

Sa pag-ibig ko kayo sana ay manahan,

At bilin ko na kayo ay magmahalan.

Mula ngayon, kayo’y aking kaibigan,

Hinango sa dilim at kababaan.

Ang kaibiga’y mag-aalay ng sarili nyang buhay,

Walang hihigit sa yaring pag-aalay.

+ Yes dear friends, God chose us to be his, and to be his friends. Hindi namimili ang Dios. Kung namimili man siya, pinili niya tayo para maging kaibigan. Isn’t that a wonderful God? A God who is magnanimous not only in his love but also in his mercy and compassion. A God who chose to become one of us to precisely show us that He is near… that He is one of our kind… that he is our friend. That he loves us so much more than we can ever imagine.

+ Going back to your role. Ahhh… your role is not only to spread further the story of Jesus and to make his memory alive in our world. Your deeper role is to share this Jesus who comes to become our friend. Meaning, establish a personal relationship with Him so that you can truly share Him concretely and tangibly to others. In other words, allow him to love you… and allow yourself to love Him in return. That, I think, is the most basic meaning and definition of friendship. To be loved… and to love. Gaya ng karanasan ng Mama na ikinuwento natin kanina… he allowed God to touch his existence and to heal his body… then and only then, the relationship became more meaningful.

+ Maga hermano y hermana, numa ustedes olbida na necesita gayod na tiene kita personal na relasyon con Hesus. Then and only then can we share Him and who He is in our lives to others.

+ Easier said than done. Pero Filipinos kita. Tiene gayod kita tendency na pensa na hinde kita worthy na amor del Dios. Many times I have been approached by many people in our apostolate telling me that they don’t go to Church por que peccadores sila. Tiene pa gale ta-habla, Brother, bien gresso gayod di mio maga culpa. God cannot accept me anymore. God cannot love me anymore. (relate human experiences of expectations failed, trust broken, and love lost).

Ahh… human limitation. We tend to think the way mortals think but we forget that God thinks otherwise. Many of us will say that if we look more deeply into ourselves, we are not worthy to become Jesus’ friends. Porque? Por que igual lang di aton maga costumbre… Brother, hinde yo karapat-dapat maging kaibigan ni Hesus.

+ But dear friends remember, that when Jesus offers us friendship, he sets no boundaries and no conditions. Hinde igual kanaton. Kung quiere tu maging di mio friend, necesita gat tu…. Numero uno… numero dos… numero tres… We have conditions, and most of the time, unreasonable and out-of-this-world conditions. But Jesus? I think NONE! Jesus comes to us where ever we are. Jesus meets us where we truly are. Poreso gale manada man-back out na religious life por que ta-pensa sila na kung quiere tu man- padre, madre, o brother, necesita gat na perfecto tu. Nuay ya culpa… bien bueno gayod… numa ya ma-in love… numa ya magalit… totally wrong!!! When Jesus offers us friendship, he understands us completely. He accepts us for being us one hundred percent!

I am once again reminded by a song. A song composed by Jesuit Father Charlie Cenzon. The song Pag-Ibig Ko stresses the point that we have just established:

Hindi ka kailangan magbago,

Kahit ito’y mas ibig ko.

Hindi ka kailangang magsikap ng husto,

Upang ika’y ibigin ko.

Iniibig kita, manalig ka sana.

Ako’y kapiling mo kahit ikaw pa ma’y mapalayo.

+ Many times we think that in friendship we look for and do every effort to make the friendship work. But in Divine Friendship, Jesus looks for us. Even if we, most of the time, hide in our self-absorption and pride. Jesus searches for us and never gives up on us, no matter what… no matter why… no matter how! Kahit na sa pakiwari natin tayo ay malayo sa kanya, patuloy nya tayong hinahanap at iniirog para bumalik sa kanya.

Kalian magwawakas ang ‘yong pagtatago?

Ako’y naghihintay sa ‘yo.

Lumapit ka lamang, ang puso ko’y hagkan.

Pag-ibig ko’y walang hanggan.

Iniibig kita, manalig ka sana.

Ako’y kapiling mo kahit ikaw pa ma’y mapalayo.

+ Dear Friends, this is the kind of God that we have. A God who constantly loves us even if we are most unlovable. A God who continues to search for us even if at times we refuse to be found. A God who perpetually considers us His friends even if most of the time we don’t act like one.

+ Your role? Ahh… to witness to this kind of God who is the “real friend” in the strictest meaning of the word. To bring this kind of understanding of God to others.

+ But the question is:

  • What “story” of Jesus do I bring with me?
  • What kind of a relationship do I have with Jesus?
  • How do I see Jesus as my “Friend?”


+ What is the message of the music video? Having seen the music video, how do I answer these questions?

  • What “story” of Jesus do I bring with me?
  • What kind of a relationship do I have with Jesus?
  • How do I see Jesus as my “Friend?”

+ Maga hermano y hemana del Cristo, the Church needs you. The priests and religious cannot do it alone. They cannot fulfill it by themselves. We need you!

+ We need you to:

  1. Continue to spread the “Story” of Jesus to the world;
  2. Share your personal relationship with Jesus as friend to others; and
  3. Witness to this Jesus who is the “Real Friend”

+ Ultimately, I rest my case. Remember those three points as the role of the youth (your role!) in fulfilling Christ’s Mission of Love.

Muchisimas Gracias y Buenas Noches con todo con ustedes!

Vaya con Dios!

Ash Wednesday: From Dust Unto Dust

+ Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday, a day that ushers in the liturgical season of Lent. In today’s liturgy, we will mark ourselves with ashes. But how can we best describe the rich meaning of this celebration?

+ I remember a phrase often quoted: “The externals reflect the internal.” I believe this phrase speaks very well of our Ash Wednesday observance. Later we will mark ourselves with the ashes which will be blessed by Father in this Mass. But what do these ashes on our foreheads symbolize? What is the meaning of these ashes on our foreheads?

+ I suggest that we consider what the minister will say as he imposes the ashes on our foreheads. First, the ashes speak of repentance and a desire for amendment. To“Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.” The ashes on our foreheads speak so vividly of our desire, perhaps the grace that we are begging for this Lenten Season: To turn away from sin and to have faith in the Gospel. We Catholics through the ages love and treasure rituals and symbols. These rituals and symbols are attemtps to bring that which is intangible into the level of tangibility, to somehow make that which is incomprehensible comprehensible. The ashes on our foreheads will symbolize our desire to renew and be renewed. Today's liturgy will somehow "ritualize", as it were, our longing to truly leave the life of sin behind and to embrace the newness of life that Jesus offers all of us. We long for new life deep in our hearts; the ashes serve as "marks" of this desire.

+ Second, the ashes depict acceptance. The ashes on our foreheads manifest our humility to accept that we are nothing: We come from dust and to dust we shall return. An insight that without God, we are nothing. Our existence is contingent; we share in God's existence. Perhaps this sums up the invitation of the Lenten season to all of us. To constantly acknowledge that without God we are nothing. We need God in our lives. Our talents, efforts, and achievements mean nothing if we do not have God. Only God gives us true meaning in our existence. Without God we are nothing, we are dust!

+ Jesuits are known for being heswitic, in other words, mayabang! Why? Kasi malakas daw ang bilib sa sarili. Let me share a personal insight with you regarding my own process of realization about my “nothingness,” a humble acceptance that I am dust and that I need God in my life. I wrote this in my blog on February 11, 2006, four years ago when I was a Jesuit Junior.

+ I don't know but I just feel lonely and empty these past few days. It was as if religious life and the thrills and frills of it have died down. What fill my mind are the tasks and requirements to accomplish and submit, not to mention my personal concerns and worries. I feel at this point spiritually "dry" and devoid of consolation.

Well, I must admit that perhaps my lonely days are here again. Days when community and apostolic life seem colorless, less exciting. It's as if I find difficulty in finding meaning from the things that I do, from the circumstances that I am in.

It was this point that made me think and pray more deeply the question that every vowed person has ever asked: "Is religious life really for me?" The question that is playing in my mind right now. I thought that after my profession of perpetual first vows, I will be happy ever after as a Jesuit. Yet, trying times come, I am burdened. And as I dragged my feet to the chapel to pray, asking God and storming heaven with my countless questions and search for truth, a song gently played in my mind... in my heart. Maging akin muli. It seemed that in the midst of all the uncertainties that I am feeling right now, with all the dryness and the seeming absence of consolation that drew my heart to doubt, God has only three words to say... Maging akin muli.

And as I muse about the lyrics of the song, tranquility slowly crept in. God's assuring and abiding presence filled my being. Yes, maging kanya muli. And as I allowed the song to speak to the very core of my being, I am once again awed by the kind of God that I have...

Maging Akin Muli
Arnel dC Aquino, S.J.

Manlamig man sa akin, puso mong maramdamin,
Lisanin man ng tuwa puso mong namamanglaw,
Manginig man sa takot masindakin mong puso,
Mag-ulap man sa lungkot diwa mong mapag-imbot.

Kapiling mo Akong laging naghihintay sa tanging taag mo.
Pag-ibig kong ito isang pananabk sa puso Ko.
Sa 'yong pagbabalik sa piling kong puspos ng pagsuyo.
Manahimik at makinig ka't maging Akin muli.

Di mo rin akalain tinig mo'y hanap Ko rin.
Ang 'yong tuwa at sakit, Aking galak at pait.
Kung lingid pa sa iyo, Aking pakikiloob,
Tuklasin mong totoo: tunay mong pagkatao.

Kapiling mo Akong laging naghihintay sa tanging taag mo.
Pag-ibig kong ito isang pananabk sa puso Ko.
Sa 'yong pagbabalik sa piling kong puspos ng pagsuyo.
Manahimik at makinig ka't maging Akin muli.

However, in the middle of prayer, I begin to remember not so good days in the Society -- the tensions of community life, disagreements with peers, discomfort with having to live with someone you would rather not be associated with, the pressures of academic and apostolic endeavors, etc... -- Yet serenity still enchants my being. I begin to see the magnanimity of my God's compassion... of my God's love.

I believe that I am invited by my God to simply trust... to cast my cares and my processes to His feet. He will take care of them. An invitation that encourages me to allow Him to be God, to allow Him to once again captivate my heart with His wondrous love. Maging akin muli... yes, Lord... grant me the grace to be truly Yours...forever.

+ Dear brethren, the ashes that will be imposed upon our foreheads will speak for one reality in our life: We are nothing… we need God. But even if we are nothing, despite the fact that we are dust – useless, worthless, sometimes senseless – God still loves us and will continue to love us.

+ Lent then invites us to stop awhile, reflect, pray, and ultimately go back to God. As we struggle to reach God, we "fall" in His love, we rest secure in His presence. We pray then that the whole Lenten season for us be an experience of going back to God, and ultimately, rest secure in His fervent love which He perfectly expressed in the cross. God bless you!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Corpus Christi: The Greatest Proof of His Love

One secret to happiness they say (at least I've read this from a children's anecdote book) is to know that one is loved. To know a certain degree that I am loved contributes much to personal happiness. To know that somebody loves me changes my whole disposition towards life and towards the world.

Today is Corpus Christi Sunday, or the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord. Personally I think what we celebrate today is that knowledge of being loved. St. Ignatius Loyola in His Spiritual Exercises states that "the Holy Eucharist is none other but the greatest proof of God's love" (SE 289). I am convinced of this reality simply because of two things: (1) Jesus loves me so much that He willed to be "contained" (He who is omnipotent and omniscient) in this piece of bread and in these drops of wine so that He can concretely enter into my life; and (2) Jesus loves me unfathomably since He desired to be with me "physically" day in and day out in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar even to the end of time.

So let us be true to our celebration then. When we participate in the Eucharist today in our parishes and/or when we join the solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament, let us celebrate love -- God's love made incarnate in Jesus. And as we celebrate this love, let us fill the world with love, transmit this love to others and make a difference. We hope that in the end, we may resound with Pope Benedict XVI, "Deus Caritas Est!"

Friday, June 05, 2009

A Share in the Life of the Trinity

Today is Trinity Sunday. There are many theological explanations about the Blessed Trinity and most of us will find it difficult to digest all of them. But what does the Trinity really mean, for us as persons and as Christians? What does it mean to be immersed in the life of the Trinity as baptized individuals?

For me, the simplest explanation perhaps is that the Trinity is a Community of Love. The relations between the Father, Son, and Spirit is in knowing and in loving. The Trinity then becomes the perfect model of a community -- that based and rooted in genuine love and concern for each other. And we perfectly share in the Trinity is our very knowing and loving!

As we celebrate the Liturgy, it might be helpful if we ask ourselves whether we have been faithful in following the example of the Trinity. Have we been communities of love and unity, or are we, as individuals, causes of dissent and disagreement.

Let us ask the Blessed Trinity then to make us living models and bearers: Persons, then ultimately, communities grounded and centered in genuine Love and concern for others. Amen.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Pentecost Sunday: "Renew the face of the Earth!"

We experience a lot of catastrophes in our lives, both natural and man-caused: El Niño, La Niña, floods, typhoons, food shortage, war, epidemics, etc... and many times in our lives we are discouraged and we just want to lurk in the corner in sheer hopelessness thinking that we can do nothing. But tomorrow's Solemnity of Pentecost, the remembering of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the Blessed Mother should, as followers of Christ, change the picture for us. The Holy Spirit is not only with the apostles and the Blessed Mother, precisely, the Holy Spirit is in us!

Dear friends, in the Gospel Jesus told His disciples: "Receive the Holy Spirit." This spurred them on to share the story of Jesus to the ends of the earth, fearless and zealous even amidst persecution and martyrdom. As we celebrate Pentecost, let us ask the Spirit to fortify our hearts and make us courageous in facing whatever concerns that come our way -- H1N1 epidemic, food shortage, corruption, problems, etc... -- with new eyes, with the eyes of the Holy Spirit. And as we are fortified and renewed by and in the Spirit, may we fortify and renew our world. Amen.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ascension Thursday

Tomorrow is Ascension Sunday. We celebrate with great solemnity the Lord Jesus' ascension into heaven. After several weeks of reflecting and praying over the Lord's 'ministry of consolation' to His disciples who were grieved by His death, we remember Jesus ascent into glory.

Perhaps it is helpful if we look at this Solemnity in the light of hope. Jesus ascended into heaven not so much to leave us but to empower us. Remember His words that when the time comes for him to go, "the Paraclete will come to us to help us," and that "He will always be with us until the end of time." Ascension I think is a milestone for all of us as Christians. It is Jesus' constant and living invitation for us to continue His mission: Jesus is no longer here physically to heal, console, forgive, and love... ergo, as friends and followers of Jesus, the Solemnity of the Ascension is the reminder for us to "heal, console, forgive, and love" all men and women in the name of Jesus.

Let us pray then that we become faithful to this mission entrusted to us and that by doing our "mission," we make Jesus Christ more present and alive in our midst. Amen.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Work of Christmas Begins...

Most of us think that after December 25, Christmas is over. I mean the parties and gatherings have ended, gifts have been given away or received already. And for most of us, the excitement of Christmas has gone down due to hang overs, upset stomachs, and sheer exhaustion. But is Christmas really over for 2008?

I wish to share with you a very nice literary piece from Howard Thurman. He said that Christmas isn't over... Christmas, the work of Christmas has just begun:

When the song of he ANGEL is stilled,
When the STAR in the sky is gone,
When the KINGS and princes are home,
When the SHEPHERDS are back with their flock,

The work of CHRISTMAS begins:

To FIND the lost
To HEAL the broken
To FEED the hungry
To RELEASE the prisoner
To REBUILD the nations
To BRING PEACE among brothers and sisters~
To make music in the HEART.

May we never forget that the spirit and the message of Christmas will never be over. May we have the grace to continue the work that Christmas has just begun. AMEN.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Blessed Christmas to All!

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?!


Jesus is Better than Santa

Santa lives at the North Pole.

JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh

JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year

JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies

JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited

JESUS stands at your door and knocks.. and then enters your heart.

You have to stand in line to see Santa

JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap

JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, What's your name?"

JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly

JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO! HO! HO!

JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says "You better not cry"

JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.

Santa's little helpers make toys

JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but

JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

Santa is a myth

But Jesus is the Truth, the Way, and the Life

While Santa puts gifts under your tree

JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.

It's obvious there is really no comparison.

We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.

We need to put Christ back in Christmas.

Jesus is still the reason for the season.

A Blessed Christmas, everyone!