by Paulina French

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection”– Winston Churchill

The commercial aspect of Christmas is in our face everywhere we go .We feel we have to get that unique gift for our loved ones. We prepare for an indulgent and extravagant meal on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day.

Every year a Christmas tree is put up in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. This year is no exception with a 25 metre tall tree from Trento in the north of Italy. The tree is decorated with ceramic ornaments made by children who are under paediatric oncology care in hospital.

The manger scene has figures that come from Malta, as a reminder of the people who are forced to escape from their home countries via the sea.

Amongst the hustle and bustle of preparing for all that goes with Christmas Day, we are encouraged to stop for a while and reflect on the love God has for us. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, how do we remember those in need and those who need to be loved this Christmas? In what ways can we be instrumental in spreading this message? Do our lives reveal the love God has for us?

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Dear God,

As we await the birth of Christ

Help us to remember your love for us

So that it is reflected in the way we live

Amen