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Now the Work of Christmas Begins
By George B. Campos, CFC Executive Director

There's this song by Howard Thurman that goes like this:

When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
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 the people,
to make music in the heart.

The New Year has just been ushered in and we are still longing to extend the Christmas spirit and holiday feeling. It is so hard to switch from vacation mode to work mode. We can’t help but sigh at the thought of going back to our normal daily lives, to our respective jobs and countless cares. 

Has really Christmas come and gone? Are we now just waiting for the next Christmas? 

We all go through the tedious preparations for Christmas—decorating our homes, assembling the Christmas trees and lights, putting up the Belen, buying and wrapping gifts, preparing the noche buena feast. Spiritually, we are preparing as well. We sacrifice our much needed sleep by waking up so early for the Simbang Gabi (Midnight Mass). Some of us even do civic and charitable works. There is so much generosity and sharing, love and caring. 

 And when the Christmas Season is over, we take down all the decorations. The Belen is kept back in the box, the Baby Jesus left in the storeroom of our houses, gone from our hearts and minds till next December comes.

Is Christmas just any other occasion? Is it just an ordinary holiday that we look forward to every December? What truly is the message of the coming of the Christ Child in Bethlehem? What does it call us to do? 

Christmas is that very special day God presented to the world His great plan of salvation, unfolding His work of redemption. Yes, Christmas marks the beginning of Christ's mission to reconcile man with God. He comes with the Father's blessing of love, peace and hope. 

And we, the beneficiaries of His redemptive work, owe it to Him to continue the legacy of love that He gave us. As Howard Thurman wrote in his song, now is the time for us to start the work of Christmas. We are called to share this love that we received and take the Christ Spirit into the world.

This New Year, how can we better work and serve in God's vineyard?

There are three kinds of people here on earth: (1) those who make things happen, (2) those who watch things happen and (3) those who wonder what happened.

Let us be those who make things happen. Let us all dedicatedly and actively work with the Lord in establishing His kingdom in the hearts of everyone, enthroning Him as our only King! Let our lives be bold witnesses of His great love as we trustingly obey His will and do whatever He tell us.

Let our hands be His hands. Let our feet be His feet. Let our ears be His ears. Let our mouths be His mouth.

Let us go out of our comfort zones. Let us go to where we are called. Let us offer our time, talent and treasure willingly. Let us go together on missions. Let us journey in faith. This 2014, we have the whole world to conquer. 

Miracles happen because of faith. That which we think is impossible would be possible.  We would be like the people who were amazed in Jesus' response to a strong faith when they uttered, "We have never seen anything like this!" (Mark 2:12).

Let us be the miracle in other people's lives.

That in all things, may God be glorified!

Added on Thursday, January 30, 2014


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