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Merely Christmas | Christ’s Mass

December 25th, 2013 by Vigilo

It’s Merely Christmas time again. It’s a time to get a day or more off of work. A time to overeat, overspend, and lounge around……

OK, what seems to be lost among all the Christmas ‘tradition’ is the actual Tradition of Christ’s Mass. Maybe I’m being too much of a scrooge, but I find a lot of the Christ’s Mass celebration to be hypocritical.

A lot of the very people who bash Christian values are all to quick to take advantage of the ‘holiday’ break. Again, they fail to realize that holiday is just a bastardization of saying ‘Holy Day’. Or maybe they are being disingenuous and know full well what they do. The more commercialism in Christmas, the less Christ there will be……clever.

However, worse than the people just mentioned above, are the actual Christians who claim to profess belief in God, yet only care to trivialize His importance. Too many of us Christians seem to misplace the significance of honoring the birth of Christ.

As these things run through my mind, I did what any normal person would do…..I wrote a poem. I think it’s the first one posted on this site, so I hope you enjoy (if you don’t, I was sleep deprived). Here is…

Merely Christmas

Merely Christmas, it’s here yet again.
One more excuse to get off of work.
Nights in the clubs, lookin’ at that ten
Out late, like Miley, check out her twerk.

No Midnight Mass this year though,
it’s far too tiring for me.
But to the couch, we will go,
instead, brainwashed by TV

Nevermind the Christians in the Middle East,
whom upon many bullets are fired.
For celebrating their Christ the King, a feast,
persecution they are perpetually mired.

But for me, look at all my gifts
This is what Christmas is all about
Navigating through all the family rifts,
and trying this year’s winter stout.

I know the reason for the season.
No, it’s not at all lost upon me.
It’s not like I’m committing treason,
but hey, check out my decorated tree!

The kids anticipate that special present,
we will overspend on playstation and ipad
For we live like royalty, im not a peasant,
and with the latest gadget, I’ll never be sad

Ah, the most wonderful time of the year.
I, of course, am referring to football.
Without it there would be less cheer.
c’mon ref, what’s up with that call?

Another Merely Christmas comes to an end,
It seems to have passed a little too fast.
But I was fulfilled I do contend,
even though my spirit was again left aghast.

 

The REAL Reason for the Season

In case the poem didn’t quite cut it for your Christ’s Mass Day, then we will finish with the Gospel. From the Book of Luke, this is the REAL reason for the season.

 

Merely Christmas | Christ's MassIn those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

 

May you not have a merely Christmas, but a fulfilling time with your family in honor of Christ’s Mass.

T