Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Number 4 of 7 Musings on Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany


WELCOMING MEANS TO RECEIVE ANOTHER with joy and hospitality into one's presence or home. It's the difference between just saying hello and giving a warm hug. As we travel around on the holidays, when we arrive, we hear, "Welcome! Come on in!"

The parents of Jesus weren’t welcomed in Bethlehem. In fact, they weren’t welcomed in Judea and had to flee to Egypt. Later, the baby Jesus grew up to be despised and rejected and crucified.

But Jesus was, and is, always welcoming. He chooses the unwelcome, despised, and lowly to be his followers. He does not turn any away.

To receive the welcome of Christ is to receive the greatest gift of all. On Christmas Day, embrace the Reason for the season and welcome Jesus into your heart and home. Extend him your soul’s hospitality.

Advent runs for four weeks: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, and culminates on Christmas Eve 12/24.
Christmas Day is celebrated on 12/25, however the 12 days of Christmas extend through 1/6
Epiphany, the 12th day, marks the end of the Christmas season.


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