Today’s reflection comes from the kind and dedicated Gabe Gutiérrez. Gabe serves as the Director of Campus Ministry for TCU Catholic. Gabe is from Arlington, TX, where he lives with his wife and four children. He loves God, his family, and the Texas Rangers.
Reading: John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“Dad, how many more days until Christmas?”
I cannot tell you the number of times over the last month that my 6-year-old son has asked me this question. In our house there are multiple calendars and advent calendars. Our neighbor has a digital countdown to Christmas projected up onto their house (just for my kids to see), and in spite of the answer being everywhere around him, he asks.
For my son, and for most kids, Christmas is huge. It’s a time that brings excitement, joy, love…..and of course gifts. As each day passes, his anticipation and excitement builds. I can’t blame him, I love Christmas too.
We live in crazy times. For my family and for so many others, this year has been marked by chaos, loss, and uncertainty. Yet, this advent I too am getting swept up in the same excitement that is permeating my household. This year, each day that Christmas approaches my anticipation grows. I can’t wait to once again celebrate and remember the great gift of love that is God’s only son, Jesus, breaking into our reality.
Christ, the light of the world, much like that first Christmas, comes in the midst tumult and confusion to bring faith, hope, and love. In this time of the year, when the nights grow longer, let us remember that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
How many more days until Christmas?
Let us pray.
Christ be our light and fill us with your love.